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Participants at the anti-bullying forum at Stormont

Participants at the anti-bullying forum at Stormont

Participants at the anti-bullying forum at Stormont

The first Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Young People's Forum was held on Friday at Parliament Buildings when 100 young people came together.

The event, which carried the theme Change Starts With Us, was organised by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), an interagency group hosted by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) and funded by the Department of Education.

MLAs supported the event which was facilitated by the NI Assembly Education Service.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Alex Maskey, granted use of the Assembly Chamber for the debate-style event.

Gill Hassard from NIABF said: Change Starts With Us was the theme of the recent Anti-Bullying Week and is about showing how we can all make changes to be part of the solution. Whether it is speaking to someone we trust when bullying happens or calling it out if we suspect it's happening to someone else, we can all work together for a solution.

"We feel that it is important to empower young people to engage with the formal decision-making structures that exist in our society, so that their views, opinions and concerns can be reflected in government policy."

Belfast Telegraph