The Whole School Community Approach to Bullying – Ireland
This anti-bullying programs involves the entire school community to counter bullying behaviour in primary and post-primary schools. The approach requires that boards of management, staff, students and parents are trained to counter bullying behaviours.
Professor Mona O’Moore of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre in DCU states that 4 pillars of action are used to counter bullying. These are (1) implementing policy and practice to address bullying, improving with continuous evaluation. (2) Enhancing understandings and skills among staff, students and parents. (3) Building collaborative partnerships between school, family and community. (4) Building a positive school culture.
For more information on this approach go to the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre website www.bully.ie or read more about the approach by going to
The Zero program
The Zero program was developed by the Centre for Behavioural Research at the University of Stavanger in Norway. It follows three principles: A zero tolerance of bullying, collective commitment of everyone in the school climate and continuous revision and training. Zero focuses on providing staff, pupils and parents with the skills to recognise bullying, solve issues and prevent future bullying through prevention efforts in everyday school life. For more information go to https://goo.gl/Uu3cuw
The KiVa Project – Finland
The KiVa program was developed at the University of Turku in Finland. The KiVa program is divided into two approaches, these are universal actions which make up its preventative branch including student lessons and online games to provide resources to prevent bullying. While the indicated actions are used to tackle confirmed cases of bullying to support victims, perpetrators and bystanders. KiVa is divided into three streams, these are for children from 6-9, 10-12 and 13-16 years old. For more information on the KiVa program go to http://www.kivaprogram.net/
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus bullying program was developed by Professor Dan Olweus in Norway. The program is designed for primary and post-primary pupils. Research has shown that the program is delivered to all pupils with additional materials for perpetrators and victims. The program involves several age specific materials and resources for teachers and pupils. The goals of the program are to reduce existing bullying, boost pupil relationships and prevent future bullying. Schools may evaluate the program using the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire to address specific issues that may arise in the school. For more information on the Olweus program go to http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/