Violence against and among children in the school environment affects many areas of daily school life and has long-term effects on children's development. It breaches children's right to learn in a safe and protective environment and the consequences of violence can have a long term impact on child wellbeing, ability to learn, and development.
It is an unfortunate fact that violence in schools happens in every social-economic strata in every society. What is important is that we should not wait for the violence to happen to respond to it.
Creating Schools free of Violence requires creating environments where the opposite of violence thrives and where violence is never tolerated. Throughout this website when we talk about creating safe and protective school environments we refer to creating positive school climates, where positive relationships thrive and where all members of the school community feel respected, safe and secure.
Safe schools do not just happen; they are created and sustained by people dedicated to ensuring positive, respectful relationships and environments. These people are the whole-school community - children, teachers, school staff, parents, and the wider community.
Help us turn this website into a site that shows the world how we are coming together to create a country where all schools are free of violence.
Many schools are implementing great activities and initiative to promote positive behaviour and prevent violence. These stories are a way for you and others to celebrate your success and also an opportunity to learn and be inspired. Share your success story or click on the story below for inspiration.
• Dimo Hadji Dimov: Applying a Whole School Approach to Preventing Violence