The Anti-Bullying Centre

The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) is a university designated research centre located in DCU Institute of Education and is the host for the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace.

Researchers at ABC were the first in Ireland to undertake research on school bullying, workplace bullying, homophobic bullying and cyberbullying. Under the directorship of Professor James O’Higgins Norman ABC has become the National Anti-Bullying Centre building on over 22 years of research started in 1996 by Professor Mona O’Moore to undertake new research, develop resources and training in bullying in Ireland and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in bullying research.

ABC is a multidisciplinary team drawing on experts in sociology, education and psychology working in a collaborative environment in which they study the multi-factored causes of the problem of bullying and cyberbullying to develop resources and training from research to tackle bullying. The Centre hosts the International Journal of Bullying Prevention and works with international research partners to achieve best practice knowledge for schools and workplaces in Ireland. The objectives of the Centre are aligned to support the UN’s overarching goal to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030 (SDG4) and the implementation of the Government of Ireland’s Action Plan on Bullying (2013).

ABC is excited to have been asked by FRIENDS to bring you the largest research and practice conference, the World Anti-Bullying Forum in 2019. The forum is a focal point to share knowledge and skills with everyone who wishes to tackle bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and online safety issues among children and young people. The event will bring together schools, parent groups, youth workers, teachers, researchers, policy makers, politicians, unions and  NGO’s to explore the causes of bullying and cyberbullying, highlighting how we may implement innovative programs to reduce this behaviour and increase student well-being online and offline.

President Higgins welcomes WABF2019 to Ireland
WABF2019 will provide an eclectic programme of lectures, workshops and social events for a worldwide and world-class meeting of minds in Dublin. The event will bring you an amazing scientific programme including some of the most prestigious keynote speakers as well as opportunities to meet other experts in smaller workshops and lectures to learn new skills and knowledge to aid intervention and prevention techniques based on recent advances in the area.

The centres national and international partners including government, social media companies, research centres, technology and education who have supported these new advances will also be attending, helping to make this a world class multidisciplinary event. So please join us in Dublin to celebrate and look ahead into an exciting future of innovation and development in this important area which is vital to eliminating bullying and cyberbullying from the lives of children and young people all over the world.

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