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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.

Working with the Whole-School Community
Working with the whole-school community
Objectives
  • To understand what we mean by a whole-school community approach.
  • To increase awareness of the relationships among different sections of your school community.
  • To have an understanding of how to include all members of the whole-school community in the promotion of non-violence.
What is the Whole-School Community?

Given our understanding of school violence is of multiple causes in terms of the interaction of risk factors operating among four levels (see Chapter 2), it seems appropriate to consider its prevention and reduction from a whole-school community perspective. Violence at school is not simply a school problem; specific characteristics of the local neighbourhood and wider community, such as the strong presence of racial tension, often pervade school communities, creating a climate of ...

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