Involving the school community

Bullying is either encouraged or stopped by the people who see it happening.

Bullying can be an accepted part of a community, or it can be understood by everyone as not acceptable and not appropriate.

This is why countering bullying involves the whole school community. Each person in the school community has an important role.

School leaders play a key role in fostering a safe and supportive climate across the whole school.

Students are central in the school's efforts to counter bullying and to create positive learning environments for everyone.

Parents contribute to anti-bullying efforts both by their support to their own children and participating in school activities and strategies.

The wider community can play an important role in strengthening the school's anti-bullying messages.

Schools can involve the students and families at every stage of developing and implementing their bullying prevention approach.

Bullying prevention is everyone's responsibility: a guide to engaging students and families (PDF, 1.1 MB), Word version (DOCX, 1.4 MB) provides practical suggestions for ways to engage students and their families with a school's bullying prevention policy or plan. 

The Guide draws on research to examine how students can be meaningfully engaged in the process of school change.  Suggestions for student roles and practical activities are provided for students in early, middle and senior years. Examples of ways schools can strengthen family engagement related to bullying prevention are also included.