Defence Forces need to improve how bullying and harassment are dealt with

Wednesday 03 September 2014 16.43
No incidents of bullying were identified in the Independent Monitoring Group report
No incidents of bullying were identified in the Independent Monitoring Group report

A report by the Independent Monitoring Group has said the Defence Forces need to continue to improve the way it deals with bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

The group did not identify any incidents of bullying in its report but has made 35 recommendations, which the Defence Forces say will be implemented.

These relate to training, awareness and reviews of current practices and procedures.

The report also recommends the development of protocols on how Defence Forces personnel are dealt with by corrective action as opposed to discipline.

The Independent Monitoring Group was established in 2002 following a report on the extent of harassment and bullying at the time within the Defence Forces.