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School-based violence prevention : a practical handbook World Health Organization

Contributor(s): World Health Organization.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Geneva, Switzerland : World Health Organization, 2019Description: electronic document (72 pages) ; PDF file.ISBN: 978-92-4-151554-2.Subject(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) | UNICEF | BULLYING | CHILD ABUSE | CHILD EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE | CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE | CHILD NEGLECT | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | EMOTIONAL ABUSE | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | PHYSICAL ABUSE | PREVENTION | PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE | PRIMARY PREVENTION | SCHOOLS | SEXUAL VIOLENCEOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website Summary: This handbook developed by WHO with contributions from UNESCO and UNICEF, outlines important steps that schools can take to implement an evidence-based, whole-school approach to violence prevention. The document is written in plain English and is accessible to various audiences including teachers, school administrators and staff within Ministries of Education. The handbook provides practical information on how to: Train teachers in positive discipline to reduce the use of corporal punishment; Include life and social skills training in the school curriculum to help children practice how to form positive relationships and solve conflicts constructively; Involve parents and the community to strengthen parenting skills and support children’s learning; Teach social and gender norms that can help to prevent violence such as intimate partner violence and elder abuse later in life; Respond to violence focusing on rehabilitation and correcting inappropriate behaviours. The handbook provides in-depth information that helps to implement the technical package "INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children" (#5085), in particular focusing on interventions that can be delivered in educational settings. If implemented, the handbook will contribute much to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals linked to preventing violence and promoting education, targets 4.a, 5.1 and 16.2 specifically. Data from the WHO Global school-based student health survey indicates that 34% of school children reported being bullied in the previous month while 40% reported being in a physical fight in the past year. School children are also exposed to other forms of violence in educational settings, including cyber-bullying and corporal punishment, and in their homes and communities, including child maltreatment, dating and intimate partner violence, gang violence and elder abuse. Beyond the harm to their health and well-being, children who have experienced any form of violence in childhood are less likely to graduate and more likely to be absent from school and show lower academic achievement. (From the website). Record #6343
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This handbook developed by WHO with contributions from UNESCO and UNICEF, outlines important steps that schools can take to implement an evidence-based, whole-school approach to violence prevention. The document is written in plain English and is accessible to various audiences including teachers, school administrators and staff within Ministries of Education.

The handbook provides practical information on how to:
Train teachers in positive discipline to reduce the use of corporal punishment;
Include life and social skills training in the school curriculum to help children practice how to form positive relationships and solve conflicts constructively;
Involve parents and the community to strengthen parenting skills and support children’s learning;
Teach social and gender norms that can help to prevent violence such as intimate partner violence and elder abuse later in life;
Respond to violence focusing on rehabilitation and correcting inappropriate behaviours.

The handbook provides in-depth information that helps to implement the technical package "INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children" (#5085), in particular focusing on interventions that can be delivered in educational settings. If implemented, the handbook will contribute much to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals linked to preventing violence and promoting education, targets 4.a, 5.1 and 16.2 specifically.

Data from the WHO Global school-based student health survey indicates that 34% of school children reported being bullied in the previous month while 40% reported being in a physical fight in the past year. School children are also exposed to other forms of violence in educational settings, including cyber-bullying and corporal punishment, and in their homes and communities, including child maltreatment, dating and intimate partner violence, gang violence and elder abuse. Beyond the harm to their health and well-being, children who have experienced any form of violence in childhood are less likely to graduate and more likely to be absent from school and show lower academic achievement. (From the website). Record #6343