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Anti-bullying Bill brought before NI Assembly

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, will introduce a new anti-bullying bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly later today. It will define bullying, require schools to record all incidents and make Boards of Governors responsible for anti-bullying policies.The bill will also suggest that schools will have to keep records of bullying incidents, including why they happened and how they were dealt with.

MLAs will debate the detail of the bill before Christmas. The Assembly term ends in Spring 2016 and the Minister would like it to become law before then.

The Assembly’s Education Committee is currently conducting focus groups to find out what young people think of this new law.

You can find out more about this and other Bills at http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/legislation/