School-based Violence Prevention: A Practical Handbook

Each year up to 1 billion children experience some form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or neglect. Being a victim of violence in childhood can damage children's physical and mental health and affect their whole lives. A new resource - School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook - recognizes the potential of schools as an important setting for facilitating violence prevention efforts.

School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook, developed by WHO with contributions from UNESCO and UNICEF, outlines important steps that schools can take to implement an evidence-based, whole-school approach to violence prevention. The document is written in plain English and is accessible to various audiences including teachers, school administrators and staff within Ministries of Education.
The handbook provides practical information on how to:
  • Train teachers in positive discipline to reduce the use of corporal punishment;
  • Include life and social skills training in the school curriculum to help children practice how to form positive relationships and solve conflicts constructively;
  • Involve parents and the community to strengthen parenting skills and support children's learning;
  • Teach social and gender norms that can help to prevent violence such as intimate partner violence and elder abuse later in life;
  • Respond to violence focusing on rehabilitation and correcting inappropriate behaviours.
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