Pat has provided CPD on Bullying to schools and talks for parents for over 14 years. He was national Anti-Bullying Coordinator of the SPHE Support Service (2009-2014). He was Team Leader of the Department of Education pilot anti-bullying programme for second level schools-The Dublin Cool School Pilot Programme (2006-2009).
Pat was Education Officer with The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (North Eastern Health Board, HSE) and helped develop the Cool School Anti-Bullying Programme (2000-2005). He is a member of the Teaching Council and worked as Assistant Principal in St. Kevin’s Community College (1991-2000)
He is co-author of the following Cool School Publications on bullying:
Pat has also worked with the Garda Secondary School Programme to produce Connect with Respect which is a cyber-bullying resource.
Pat is also a co-author of Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Dealing with bullying is a complex challenge necessitating a great number of transactions between school partners.
These include engaging in research, planning, consultation, policy development, teacher-training on a range of issues, resourcing suitable curricular materials, agreeing procedures for implementation and review, intervention in bullying incidents, referral to outside agencies and many more.
Anti-Bullying Services provide support and training in relation to these tasks which is based on best practice and influenced by years of practical experience.
Best practices are outlined in the Action Plan on Bullying (DES 2013) and Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, (DES, 2013)
This is best achieved in an environment that nurtures a secure sense of personal identity and self-esteem, together with a respect for the rights and beliefs of others. Central to this is the promotion of positive inter-personal relationships where the dignity of all is respected and bullying behaviours are considered unacceptable. Support offered is fully consistent with the aims of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) in Irish schools.
The service aims to inspire actions in schools and communities which will contribute to cooperative and inclusive relationships between young people, teachers and parents.