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.
- 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.