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on 27 Sep 2018 2:41 PM

Bullying related to a child’s Special Education Need (SEN) or Disablity (D) is commonly known as ‘disablist bullying’.  This type of bullying can been defined as intimidating, manipulative, hurtful, or insulting behaviour related to a perceived or actual disability. Literature across Europe indicates that people with SEN/D are more likely to be a victim of bullying, and interventions that addresses this topic are very important and needed.

Little is known however about the prevalence of disablist bullying, in either the student or adult population, and only a few practical methods for intervening in disablist bullying are available.

Lead by ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon, Portugal, data for a Trans-national Country Report on Disablist Bullying began to be gathered in October 2017. This Research Report aimed to answer the question “What information exists, e.g., publications or practices, regarding disablist bullying, in children, young people or adults, across countries?”

In order to answer this question, a literature review was conducted with each participating country providing a set number of Publications (research, academic, legal, policy) and examples of Best Practice, with all samples being as current as possible. In line with the target users of the project, data gathered could be on, Youth (15yrs+) or Adults with SEN/D, as well as publications on Students/Adults with SEN/D partners and Teachers/professionals who work with SEN/D individuals. 

ISCTE-IUL provided an online template to provide the results of the data search with an end of January deadline.  ISCTE then drew information from the resources provided to send to create a report for inclusion on the resource section of the website.   In addition to the academic literature review, also was carried out a review in four different European countries in their specific language: Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Based on this review, conclusions and recommendations were discussed.  These recommendations and a full copy of the report are available for downloading at the DisAbuse website ( under ‘Publications’.

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