Anti-Bullying Training for Parents to take Place in Stillorgan

I would like to alert local parents to a free anti-bullying session which will take place on Tuesday October 7th at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. I welcome the additional funding that Minister Jan O’Sullivan has provided to support the delivery of anti-bullying training sessions for parents of primary and secondary school children across Ireland. It’s positive that one of the sessions will take place in Stillorgan and will be open to parents of primary and secondary school children.

The Anti-Bullying Parent Training Programme is being run jointly by the National Parents Council Primary and the National Parents Council Post Primary.

Last year 105 such sessions took place and they were well received by parents. The aim of the training is to give parents more confidence in supporting their child with a bullying issue and guidance on how to engage with a school if bullying arises.

It’s important for parents to know that they’re not alone and that there are useful tools they can learn to support their child if they’re being bullied. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying which parents did not encounter when they were young and I’m glad that the sessions will provide advice regarding this problem.

The sessions will also provide insights for parents into how they can support their children in managing relationships, developing resilience and having empathy for others.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced that additional funding of €55,000 is being provided to support the delivery of anti-bullying training sessions for parents in 2014. This is on top of the €60,000 announced earlier this year and brings the 2014 allocation to a total of €115,000.

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