ITS HSTORY AND ITS AIMS
The Anti-Bullying Research & Resource Centre was set up by Dr Mona O’Moore in the Education Department of Trinity College Dublin and was opened officially in January, 1996. The Centre opened on the heels of work done by Dr O’Moore and her team on the Nationwide Survey of Bullying at School in Ireland.
The Anti-Bullying Centre was set up initially as an independent research body targeting the area of bullying, a course it continues to follow. The Resource side of our work, including our counselling and "victim support" aspects, evolved as a result of our research.
As researchers began to contact the centre about our work, a resource library was set up to aid them in their work. Word of the Centre spread, and the support line evolved, due to the demand of schools, organisations and individuals searching for information and options in regard to bullying. These organisations and individuals contacted us because they had a problem and, quite simply, had nowhere else to go.
In endeavouring to assist them, and though we remain unfunded in our work, we have built together a team of highly trained individuals to help with this work. Our aims in regard to school bullying remain:
- To conduct research into the multi-level and multi-factorial nature of bullying behaviour.
- The creation of greater awareness and understanding of bullying behaviour.
- The promotion of ways and means by which bullying behaviour may be prevented or reduced.
- The provision of advice, guidance, counselling and resource materials for researchers, parents, schools and organisations seeking to counter bullying behaviour.
A.B.C SERVICES PROVIDED
A resource reference library open to the general public.
The library contains an extensive range of books, video and information packs as well as journal articles and media clippings on both child and adult issues. There is a year long membership fee of €12.50, solely to cover wear and tear on the books. Contact the Centre for further information.
Advice & guidance, by phone or in person, for
- Research advice and survey assistance for individuals, schools and organisations examining the extent and nature of bullying.
- Counselling services for both the victim and the bully.
- In service and staff development days for schools and organisations.
- Day conferences and workshops for pupils, parents, and teachers.
ADVICE AND INFORMATION
The staff at the Anti-Bullying Centre are available to give advice about bullying and/or harassment situations. We will do all we can within our power to deal with any and all enquiries but please bear in mind that the centre does not receive funding from any external bodies and survives on college grants and any funding received for surveys or talks given. As a result we do not always have as many people working here as we would ideally like. The centre works in association with a number of counsellors, legal experts, investigators and speakers who are available for consultation. The centre is also involved in advising companies on the initiation or overhaul of corporate anti-bullying/harassment programmes.
The Centre does have information packs available, containing materials about bullying/harassment. For further information on these packs see either the School or Work sections of this website or contact us directly at:
The Anti-Bullying Centre,
Department of Teacher Education
Trinity College Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 896 2573 / 896 3488