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This is Anti-Bullying Week (17 - 21 November 2014) and right across Northern Ireland, more than 800 schools, youth groups and sports clubs have been marking the occasion with a range of activities to promote awareness of bullying.

homophobic language being used, reporting abuse you witness on a social network website, or even just making sure your friends know they can talk to you if they are worried about bullying.” There are lots more ideas on the NIABF website www.endbullying.org.uk. Just one small act could make a big difference to the life of a child that is being bullied. Paschal McKeown, Mencap’s acting Director in Northern

Coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), this year’s campaign focuses on what we can all do to take a stand against all types of bullying, under the banner: Together We Will Make a Difference to END BULLYING NOW! NIABF is a partnership forum, made up of over 25 member organisations from across the statutory and voluntary sectors, including

Ulster Rugby’s Official Charity Partner of the Year, Mencap. Together these organisations work to end the bullying of children and young people in our schools and in our communities. Lee Kane, NIABF’s Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, says: “Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone, in lots of different ways. It could be in a physical place, such as the

Ireland says: “Bullying has a long-term impact on children with a learning disability, making it harder for them to learn, make friends, socialise and play. Mencap wants to see an end to the bullying of all children, including children with a learning disability. “Everyone can help prevent and tackle disablist bullying by learning about disability, by listening to what children say and by valuing the contribution that children and


playground, on the pitch, in the locker rooms or in the park. Or, it might take place in the cyber world, on social networking websites, through online games or by text message. No matter where or how it happens, we all have a responsibility to make it stop.” NIABF is calling on everyone, of all ages and in all areas, to get involved in playing their part to END BULLYING NOW. That could be speaking up if you hear disablist, racist, sectarian or

young people with a learning disability can, and do make to life of their family, school and community. Help children enjoy a life free from fear by standing by them and by speaking out against bullying.” Remember, together we will make a difference. Together we will END BULLYING!



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