Violence in schools is one of the most visible forms of violence against children. But the widespread belief that it is on the increase is not fully supported by statistics. Public fear that schools are unsafe is partly fuelled by sensational media reporting, backed up by little or no analysis. However, public awareness and intolerance of school violence has greatly increased over the last 10 years, and most European governments have put school violence on their political agendas.
Schools cannot fulfill their role as places of learning and socialisation if children and young people are not in an environment free of bullying, intimidation and repression. One of the major aims of the action programme “Children and violence” is to help decision makers determine and implement consistent prevention policies to eliminate violence in schools.
Fact sheet on bullying
schools training pack
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the
Council of Europe:
European Commission against Racism and
against violence at school - compendium of replies received to the questions
sent to member state Ministers of Education
• European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence : this charter, initiated by the project "Making democratic institutions work" was drafted by more than 50 student delegates from European schools. The charter was adopted by an electronic referendum held in co-operation with the Swiss Canton of Geneva.
Publications and reports
Violence in schools - a challenge for the local community (2004), out of print, but a pdf may be ordered)
Compass - a manual on human rights education with young people (2002)