SEVR SMA Bullying Prevention and Responses workshop for schools 12th Novemb...

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165 Thomas Street

Dandenong, VIC 3805

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Facilitated by: Noosha D’Cruze & Vanessa Surowiecki, Professional Practice Leaders – Health and Wellbeing Branch, Early Childhood and School Support Division, SEVR.

Background: Australian research suggests that up to one in four students has experienced some level of bullying face-to-face and one in five has experienced bullying online. Bullying peaks in the middle primary school years and the first year of secondary school (Bullying No Way 2019). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Schools also have a responsibility to address bullying and ensure the safety of all children. In accordance with the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017, all schools are required to have a Student Engagement Policy which must include a statement about bullying and cyberbullying behaviours in the Rights and Responsibilities section of the policy. Schools are also encouraged to have a Bullying Prevention Policy which addresses how the school aims to prevent and respond to student bullying behaviour. DET evidence based Bully Stoppers program along with a number of resources are available to support schools and their communities to create safe and supportive environments where bullying is taken seriously and not ignored.

Objective: School leadership and wellbeing staff will have increased awareness, knowledge and resources to build their school’s capability and improve practices for prevention and responding to bullying.

Target audience: School Leadership and/or Wellbeing Teams – e.g. Assistant Principals, Student Wellbeing Co-ordinators (SWC), Primary Welfare Officers (PWO) and school staff allocated to lead their school’s bullying prevention policy.

Important to note: We strongly recommend 2 staff members per school be in attendance. This will allow for effective in-workshop review of current bullying prevention and response processes and the development of an action plan, personalised to your school context.

Overview of session:

  • National definition of bullying

  • Bullying – types, roles & impact

  • Why we need to improve our responses to bullying

    • Data review

    • Vulnerable cohorts

    • Duty of care

  • Role of Schools

    • Identifying bullying in your school

    • Role of leadership

    • Involving and giving voice to students, parents/carers and staff

    • Bullying prevention policy

    • Evidence-based responses & intervention to bullying

    • Reporting systems

  • Alignment of DET’s Bully Stoppers with other initiatives & policies

  • Next steps

Duration: 3 hours – tea/coffee and biscuits provided during a short break

What to bring: Schools are asked to bring their Bullying Prevention Policy and/or Student Wellbeing & Engagement Policy


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