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The exposure of children to violence at school is a major concern for educators everywhere and a frequent topic of discussion in the media. Written by experts in research, practice, and training in the field, this timely text proposes a whole-school approach to reduce the impact of violence on children's development. The authors take into account: Personal characteristics of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders A school’s culture The quality of a school’s learning environment Links between the school and the communityThe whole school approach includes a wide range of formal and informal initiatives to improve the quality of life at school. Managing Violence in Schools covers preventive methods and provisions for students' individual needs. Readers will also find strategies for strengthening school culture, such as peer support, cooperative group work, and restorative practice. This resource also provides guidance for implementing a needs analysis, formulating a cycle of change for handling bullying and violence, and creating a shared understanding of the issue. Each strategy for preventive and integrative practice is illustrated with real-life case studies and relevant experiential exercises.
Chapter 1: Introduction
The true measure of a nation's standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born. (UNICEF, 2007: 1)
We are living in an age where violence affects all schools. In a recent survey, Oliver and Candappa (2003) found that half of primary school children and more than one in four of secondary school children in their sample reported that they had been bullied in the previous term. Levels of homophobic bullying remain high (Rivers and Cowie, 2006; YWCA, 2004). Certain children are especially vulnerable to violence, such as children in residential care (Barter et ...