Image of the WABF Launch 4 June 2019 at DCU

DCU – World Leader in addressing bullying

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 5 June, 2019

In 2017, the Erasmus+ National Agency at the Higher Education Authority allocated €251,542 under Key Action 203 Strategic Partnerships to Dublin City University (DCU) for a project entitled “Disabilist Bullying – Experience into Change, providing the right support services.”  The project focuses in particular on issues that arise when the target of the bullying is those with intellectual disabilities or special educational needs.  Research in the field has revealed that 82% of children and young people with a learning disability have experienced bullying.

The project is being led by Prof. James O’Higgins Norman, UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at DCU.

Together with colleagues from –

  • Fondazione Mondo Digitale, Rome, Italy
  • Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
  • Instituto Universitario de Lisbao, Portugal
  • Universidad de Murcia, Spain

DCU plans to combine research, best practice and modern pedagogical approaches to create supports for learners and educators in this critical area.

The ongoing work will feature as part of the inputs into the World Anti Bullying Forum, 4-6 June, which is currently being hosted by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU.  Pupils and teachers from the Larkin Community College, Dublin (pictured) told of their stories of bullying – accounts that left a huge impression on the 1000 delegates present at the opening ceremony in the HELIX at DCU.

Image of the World Anti-Bullying Forum logo overlaid over an image of the Ha’penny Bridge