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Violence Prevention
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We have a collection of projects dealing with violence prevention. Here are some of them (on random order), presented in our TOOLBOX and in the GOOD PRACTICE area:


KiVa Koulu (Finland)
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The Finnish ministry of education has funded the development and evaluation of a new national antibullying program, KiVa (2006-09). The program has been developed and initially evaluated in the University of Turku, in collaboration between the Division of Psychology and the Centre for Learning Research. In 2009, the broad implementation of KiVa in Finnish schools started. At present, a remarkable 82% of all comprehensive schools in the country are registered as KiVa schools.


Cyber- Harassment Of Teachers (Belgium)
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ETUCE (The European Trade Union Committee for Education) started a second project on violence at school: "Teachers concerned about violence at school - cyber harassment".
Cyber harassment has more and more developed into a highly discussed topic at schools because it affects teachers at their workplace and their working conditions in a most dangerous way.

Bullying and Harassment in Construction: It's Personal (Canada)
Video (on YouTube)
This video weaves together personal testimonials from workers, supervisors, and business leaders with scenes from our bullying and harassment in construction series, created by WorkSafeBC in partnership with the BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (USA)
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The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include: reducing existing bullying problems among students, preventing new bullying problems and achieving better peer relations at school.

PRIMA KLIMA (Germany)
Web site
A prevention programme for promoting the class atmosphere in primary schools

CyberTraining (Germany, Bulgaria, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, UK, Switzerland, Norway)
Web site
Cyberbullying is a new form of school bullying that involves the use of electronic devices such as e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, mobiles, or other forms of information technology. In contrast to other forms of bullying, it reaches a far wider audience at rapid speed, transcending boundaries of time, and physical and personal space.
The project’s overall objective is to create a training manual for trainers.

Join us on the inclusion (UK)
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Join us in the Inclusion is a meeting point and exchange of significant experiences of school life. It is a project of FETE-UGT (Federacion de Trabajadores de la Enseñanza - Federation of educational workers) in collaboration with EducaRed and Telefónica Foundation. The principal aim is to be an aid to the educational community.

Anti-Bullying Resource Pack (UK)
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Anti-bullying resource pack for schools, youth clubs and community groups to help tackle bullying in fun and engaging and informative ways.
The pack contains a brand new Anti-Bullying resource DVD, a 50 page school resource booklet, a pack of specially designed 'feelings' cards and games, 20 Bully Free Zone door and window posters, anti-Bullying Tips sheet and an Anti-Bullying organisation contact sheet.

Do you have stress? (Germany)
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The website www.hast-du-stress.de of the Criminal Prevention Association in Flensburg, Germany, provided contact information of information centers in many cities all over Germany. Children and young people can find help and information in their city in case of problems with drug addiction, bullying, sexual violence, problems of integration of migrants, school problems and social problems.

“The School Run” driver training (UK)
Web site DfT
The School Run is a training programme that takes an innovative approach to improve what can be a problematic relationship between passenger transport staff and young people. It was developed with the consultation of passenger transport workers, drivers, conductors, managers, safety officers, training staff, accident investigators, and trade union representatives as well as Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) representatives, school children and school staff. The course was piloted in 2000.

Draw the line (‘Trek die lijn’) (Netherlands)
Web site HTM
The 'Draw the line "launched in 2002 in the district Escamp. The aim of the project was to reduce the nuisance of students in tram 9. It was important that the students would recognize the impact their behavior in the trams and buses was. During the project they had in various ways. Based on their findings, they suggested twelve rules of conduct which every passenger would have to keep that support their fellow passengers were able to account for deviant behavior. The results of the project were already visible in early 2003! "Draw the Line" was therefore nominated for Hein Roethofprijs and won! The Hein Roethofprijs is awarded annually to the best initiative in the Netherlands to prevent crime.

AVC@SL - the virtual Anti-Violence-Campus at Second Life (Germany, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom)
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Dealing with the overall topic of school bullying, violence, discrimination and xenophobia the EU-funded project "ACV@SL" - the Anti-Violence-Campus at Second Life - provides a virtual environment that aims to facilitate learning and collaboration in the virtual world of Second Life.
At the virtual campus users can attend courses, seminars, workshops, film displays, exhibitions or other events, explore the information exhibited throughout the campus, discuss with experts or simply meet others interested in or dealing with on school bullying, violence, racism and xenophobia.

Preventive practice at secondary school (Lithuania)
Web site (Olweus prevention program)
The Vilnius Pilaites Secondary School was the first concrete school where in cooperation with the Children Line and company Cilija the Bullying Prevention Programme was implemented. Idea of the Programme was initiated by the investigation of bullying performed at the Vilnius Pilaites Secondary School and other comparable school (name off-the-record).

Safety Plan ‘De Lijn’ (Belgium)
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Since 1999 the Flemish public transport company ‘De Lijn’ has had an integrated safety policy. This approach ensures that the company works towards a safer environment for their staff and travellers on several different levels. The new plan has four key elements: a) organisational measures, such as the use of more controllers; b) preventive measures, such as the start of prevention projects in schools and the installation of cameras on buses; c) training for staff on how to deal with aggression and other problems; d) collaboration with other agencies including the police, the justice system, schools, and youth and social workers.

School without violence (Poland)
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This project is targeted at schools – pupils, parents, teachers, and institutions connected with education. The campaign is being conducted in two stages. First stage – information campaign which will make people conscious of the problem of violence in school, its causes, and prevention. A programme board works out and publishes a code “School without Violence” including standards, which school should fulfill in order to limit violence.
Second stage – schools which are willing to take part in the campaign will have to accept and fulfill requirements included in the code. They will receive the title of school participating in the campaign.

class2000 (Germany)
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Klasse2000 is the most widely disseminated program of health promotion and the prevention of violence and substance abuse aimed at primary school children from the age 5 to 10 in Germany. In the school year 2005/06 more than 200,000 children in 9,191 classes participated.

Preventing Workplace Violence (Canada)
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Preventing Workplace Violence is a WorkSafe course developed by the WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C). It aims at providing employers and workers with tools to reduce workplace violence, which has increasingly become a concern within a number of occupational sectors—health care, social services, and retail business, for example.
This course is suitable for joint health and safety committee members, worker health and safety representatives, supervisors, workers, and health and safety professionals committed to preventing violence in the workplace.

Respect at School! (8tung in der Schule) (Germany)
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The touring exhibition “8tung in der Schule (respect at school)” by BGAG - Institute Work and Health of the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) in cooperation with several institutions addresses teachers, pupils and parents from 5th to 10th grade. The exhibition shows how to prevent or handle different forms of violence at school.

WE CARE - A Program for a Better School and Classroom Environment (Slovenia)
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The project, conducted by The National Education Institute of Slovenia, is a part of bigger program International Network on School Bullying and Violence (participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom). The program is presented on its website.

PAC (Praevention als Chance) Prevention as a chance (Germany)
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This project by The Municipal Accident Insurance Association, Communal Accident Kitty Lower Saxony, in association with State Office of Criminal Investigation Lower Saxony is a program for violence prevention for children day-care centres and schools. With the program PaC (Praevention als Chance) – Prevention as a Chance, the program developers of the Criminal Investigation Lower Saxony, the Municipal Accident Insurance Association and the school authority have, fort he first time, created a comprehensive approach in school oriented violence prevention for entire town councils.

"MindMatters" - promotion of mental health in and with schools (Germany)
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Originally from Australia, MindMatters is a school based programme for the promotion of mental health in secondary schools (Grade 5 – 10). The German language adaptation was developed and pilot tested within a research project under the lead of Prof. Dr. Peter Paulus at the Leuphana University Lueneburg from 2002 to 2006. MindMatters is a setting approach and aims at all persons involved in school such as pupils, school heads and non-teaching staff as well as at affiliated outside the school.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Achtung Grenze (Mind the boundaries!) (Germany)
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„Achtung Grenze (Mind the boundaries!) is a project by the German Child Protection Agency Nuremberg for pupils from the 1st to the 9th grade. Project classes get lessons for about 17 hours. The lessons are supposed to strengthen self esteem and social competencies, show boundaries and prevent violence.

VISIONARY (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal , United Kingdom)
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VISIONARY is a European collaborative project on school bullying and violence (SBV), addressing teachers, parents, professionals, pupils and others interested in the topic. The web portal aims to help all who search for background information on SBV, project descriptions, good practice, materials and other resources on SBV in the Internet. It also wants to support all who are interested in exchanging ideas and experiences with others on an International level. The main sections of the website are available in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Danish and Finnish.

Källby Gård – Safe school (Denmark)
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Källby Gård is a comprehensive school with children from 1 to 12 years old. The school was the first in the world to be awarded the title of safe and secure school, according to the criteria set up by the WHO, on the 24th November 2003. The school has been a model for work with accident prevention. In order to create secure and safe environments, the school has developed a plan of action to promote the children’s security and safety in both the physical and psychosocial environment.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

The Buddy Program (Germany)
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In this project, younger pupils get a „buddy“ (an older pupil), who accompanies them through their school time and helps them in several ways. Aims of this project are: strengthen social competencies and means of conflict resolution, enhance communication and cooperation of teachers, pupils and parents.
The program is supported by the Federal Government, more than 800 schools from several Bundesländer in Germany and several Austrian schools have participated by now.

Betzavta – Miteinander- Erfahrungen (Germany)
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This program wants to introduce democratic principles to children, young people and adults. By the means of playful activities, a „qualitative idea of democracy“ is supposed to be aroused in the participants of several ages.

The Good Working Life (Denmark)
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The material is a large portfolio containing 50 exercises concerning the working life of Social and Health Care workers. The portfolio furthermore contains material descriptions fort he teachers to provide them inspiration and ideas for how to use the portfolio in different ways in the teaching of ocupational safety and health. The exercises cover various aspects of ocupational safety and health.

Outward Bound (Germany)
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OUTWARD BOUND offers schools, colleges and interested young people powerful learning experiences - outdoors. The project focuses on the educational objectives and develops mental needs with programs that change lives, build teams and transform schools.

Center for School and Safety (Netherlands)
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This Centre for School and Safety gives current and practical information through their website, www.schoolenveiligheid.nl. This website is filled with tools and good practices, information and links to experts on safety. It also informs the website-visitor on school safety in a larger context: from control of weapons to student mediation.

Project “Papilio” (Germany)
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Papilio is an intervention programme which aims at preventing early onset conduct problems (like aggressive and oppositional defiant disorders, but also social withdrawal) by fostering the development of social-emotional competence in preschool children. Papilio includes three intervention components: child intervention, educator intervention and parent intervention.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Be-Prox (Switzerland)
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The program wants to show definitions and different forms of bullying, bullying roles (actor, victim, bystanders). Topics are e.g.: early recognition, bullying in the class, arrangements with the pupils and boundaries, moral courage, getting help, respect, tolerance and acceptance.

Become independent (Germany)
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“Eigenständig werden” is a school-based programme for the development of life-skills, health promotion, prevention of substance abuse and aggression. Many studies have shown that the prevention of e.g. substance abuse should start as early as possible and should include children under the age of 10. Prevention programmes should be run continuously over a longer period of time to achieve a sustained support of the children. These issues were taken into account in the development of “Eigenständig warden”. The program is made for grade 1-4.

Teacher training in health education (Finland)
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In Finland, health education has been a mandatory subject in basic, general upper secondary and vocational education and training since 2000 (government proposal 142/2000). One requirement arising from this was that in-service training was to be provided for teachers for a 5-year transition period following the reform's entry into force.
Candidates have been asked to recognize cases of bullying, to identify health risks in the work of a rock musician, to present and review indoor air problems, to argue for the positive health effects of banning smoking in bars and restaurants, and discuss the consequences of this.

Brummi, the prevention bear of the Berlin police (Germany)
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This prevention program of the Berlin police carries out anti-violence performances at primary schools in Berlin. The hand-puppet „Brummi the bear“ provides tipps and tricks for strong and self-confident children.
The performaces cover different topics, that are worked on together with the children: saying „no!“, self-esteem and body language, good and bad secrets (confide in someone and looking for help), „when strangers accost me“, taking things away, getting help.

International Safe Schools (Sweden)
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International Safe Schools is part of a larger movement, the World Health Organization Safe Community movement. Formally started in 1989 and located at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion in Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. Most of their programs took place in the United States- however, many European countries are also involved in this campaign.

Be cool – keep cool (Germany)
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„Be cool – keep cool“ is a violence prevention project initiated by the Kinderbuero Frankfurt am Main. It aims on keeping up decision-making and responsibility in violence situations. The pupils are trained to be able to be aware of these kinds of situations and to avoid them. The project is made for pupils of class 5 to 10, as well as for training of teachers, pedagogues and police officers.

Coolnesstraining (Germany)
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The coolness-training is aimed at violence prevention as well as handling violence. Children and young people are trained to look closely at violent situations. Irenic intervention and dispute-settling ate trained as well. The main ambition of the training is to form a community that is chracterised by peacefulness and acceptance.

Cronus-Camp (Switzerland)
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The Cronus camp is a violence prevention camp organized by experienced experts for the Kanton Zug. On the basis of respect for each others, the children get to know several martial arts techniques. Playing, sports and fun are the motor of a holistically designed training, which is supposed to help the children to deal with conflict situations.

De-escalation training – show moral courage! (Germany)
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The POLTRAIN team offers a training for de-escalation of violence and racism. The participants learn to perceive their own acting in a different way, to examine and correct it. In addition, the training shows how to develop action alternatives.

“Echt stark” (Really strong) – Violence prevention (Germany)
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The violence prevention program „Echt stark“ was developed by Daniela Kreh and Jens Richter in 2002 and has been enhanced since the. Originally, it was a program for children and young people who are left alone with violence and boundlessness. In the beginning, this program for violence prevention was implemented successfully in schools and youth institutions. Later it has been enhanced to be useful for parents and other persons working with children and young people. Since 2007, „Echt stark“ is offering social competence training for young people on the cusp of the professional life as well.

Eigenständig werden (Become independent) (Germany)
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This project provides interdisciplinary lessons for elementary schools. Social competencies are to be strengthened, in order to prevent violence. Five targets shall be achieved: stress regulation, addiction prevention, individual development, health promotion and violence prevention

Fit for Life (Germany)
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„Fit for Life“ is an evaluated programme carried out by well-trained trainers. It aims at violence prevention by supporting and developing social- and life competence. Emotional- cognitive abilities and social capabilities are trained. The programme contains different modules: motivation, health, body language, self assurance, handling conflicts, emotions, empathy, carrer planning, life planning and future.

Fairplayer (Germany)
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„Fairplayer e.V.“ und „Fairplayer.manual“ (established 2003) are long term programmes aiming at developing pro-social behaviour, respect for each other, moral courage and social competence in order to raise awareness and to prevent bullying and violence among pupils and young people. Fairplayer.manual was developed by the Freie Universität Berlin.

Echt stark! (Real strong!) (Germany)
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The main target of the violence prevetion is being covered specifically in different focal points. At first, the children get to know each other and learn to trust. Based on that, different problems can be faced inside the group, especially in team work. The group talks about emotions and secrets, how to say „no“ and how to set and to accept boundaries. Self esteem and physical self confidence are strengthened, and, in addition, „getting help“ is a special topic.

Respekt – initiative for violence- free schools (Germany)
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„Respekt“ is an initiative originally located in Ludwigsburg. It aims at violence prevention at school. A resource- and solution- oriented prevention concept suitable for all forms of violence (beating, threatening, bullying, vandalism, racism, extortion) is offered. The aim of the project is to create an open platform for educational schoolwork and existing prevention work inside the school and outside.
The initiative offers a variety of material for prevention work: calendars, CD- ROM, brochures and a media package.

People’s Theater (Germany)
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This program wants to enhance ethical thinking and acting by using theater work. Leading idea is „peer education“. An „action team“ consisting of eight young people of different nationalities performs little theater- scenes directly in class rooms. The young people perform and write every day scenes together with the pupils. A kind of interactive playing allows the audience to particiupate or to make suggestions on how the scene can go on. For each conflict situation i a scene, a „perfect solution“ is found by trying and discussing, at the end of the lesson, the scene is played again, showing this solution.

Konflikt-KULTUR (Conflict-Culture) (Germany)
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This prevention program offers methods for achieving the right of pupils and teachers as well. They are supposed to work together with respect and learn how to deal with conflicts without violence. The program pcicks up and works on everyday conflicts at school to train personal and social competences.

Of course I am strong! (Germany)
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„Of course I am strong!“ is an interactive scene collage, that is performed in schools to prevent different forms of addiction.

Me – you – us – without violence (Ich - Du - Wir – Ohne Gewalt) (Germany)
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This project is suitable for children and young pupils. The pupils are sensitised for the topics violence and racism. They try non-violent conflict handling and learn how to treat each other with respect.

Big mouth – silent cries (Germany)
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This program for pupils aged 10 – 13 years is designed as a de-escalation training and aims at dec reasing „everyday violence“. This and „small“ beastlinesses can sometimes cause bigger violence.
The program offers projects for pupils, as well as for parents and teachers. It uses Theater and role-play, excercise-oriented training, group- and small group work, in teractive scene collage about violence, further training of parents and pedagogical staff, consultation and support on development of violence- preventing concepts.

Bunte Kuh - hands-on design of spaces – building with clay for all, big and small (Germany)
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With its "hands-on design of spaces" scheme, Bunte Kuh e.V. regularly conducts architectural projects using clay, water and fire in problem districts and in education facilities. Under a marquee open on all sides, freely modelled urban landscapes with accessible cavities and sculptures up to four metres in height take shape under the hands of architects of all sizes according to designs of their own. Children and young people work hand-in-hand with parents and neighbours, locals and strangers, the mentally and physically handicapped, artists, educationalists and construction experts.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


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