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Community based complex school program for effective prevention and treatment of aggression and bullying - intersectoral approach from best practices to policy making
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context and background: Violence and bullying at schools are increasingly prevalent phenomena in Europe. Although there have been numerous fruitful initiatives, the problem has not been significantly reduced for various reasons: lack of adequate training for teachers, busy parents, wrong role models, the legitimating effect of the media, an unhealthy political climate, etc. New approaches are needed to make aggression unacceptable, help children deal with their emotions, create a culture of nonviolence and empower schools and societies by providing them new conflict management methods. Objectives: Professional partners from three European countries joined forces to design a pilot project with the aim of developing and testing a secondary school model programme contributing to systemic crime prevention and reduction in schools based on alternative conflict resolution methods. Project activities are primarily focused on teaching alternative conflict resolution methods to students and their teachers as direct target groups. Also, the project addresses the broader context of schools. Local resource mobilisation (including parents, civil associations, youth and social workers, local or governmental services supporting teachers’ work, the police, public administration, employers) guarantees that the indirect target groups also acquire good practices and cooperation frames that increase their everyday work efficiency when dealing with the issues in question. The partnership intends to take the necessary steps within the project’s lifetime to systematically channel the project outcome into relevant policy-making processes (e.g. the development of national crime prevention strategies) so that the tested model programme will be available to and taken up by as many schools as possible. The long-term goal of the project is to achieve cultural change in schools through the dissemination of nonviolent communication, the introduction of alternative conflict resolution processes, the prevention of school conflicts and the minimisation of aggressive and other behaviours that count as risk factors for becoming an offender. Activities and methodology: Building the modell program to test and adapt it in the schools of the partner countries Building institutional capacities for conflict resolution and prevention Building and strengthening systemic inter-institutional cooperation Developing policy recommendations Expected results and impact: Our project offers viable solutions for the direct target group in conflict treatment, channelling aggression and other destructive behaviours. The other direct target groups (locally available youth institutions, social workers, youth protection professionals, etc.) will be able to cooperate and divide workload more effectively. By the end of the project, we will create a signal system enabling youth institutions to take coordinated steps towards crime prevention. This may result in a significant drop in juvenile delinquency cases. School aggression will be visible thus manageable – today only 10% of youth aggression cases are treated, mostly ineffectively, because of invisibility. Students will be able to articulate their needs and interests, to accept and value each other’s needs and interests; develop empathy and learn to take responsibility for their actions, which helps them integrate in society and succeed in their careers. The direct purpose of our project is to contribute to the National Crime Prevention Strategy with the realisation of a community-based model program which can serve as an example for the realisation of the whole national strategy. Longer term benefits: The good practices based on international experience will infiltrate into the educational system and public administration of the three countries, which could contribute to the success of the systematic introduction of the model program, which may bring results in the struggle against early school leaving. Profile of partners: Partners Hungary Foundation: SOS Malta : Partners Bulgaria Foundation: Szolnoki Szolgáltatási Szakközép- és Szakiskola: , ,

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