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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.

Preparing for Change
Preparing for change
Objectives
  • To recognize the notion of a school's readiness for change.
  • To promote a clear understanding of what we mean by a needs analysis.
  • To encourage readers to develop a working group to oversee the needs analysis.
What is a Needs Analysis?

Needs analysis describes a range of activities and processes that provide a school with a structured and impartial means of identifying the needs of a specific group, assessing the availability of resources to meet those needs, and planning and selecting an appropriate intervention or set of interventions. Also known as a self-audit or self-evaluation, a needs analysis is an essential prerequisite for effectively implementing an intervention for the promotion and reduction of school violence.

A needs analysis involves eight steps: (1) collecting information about ...

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