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Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG) want to hear from you

Have you seen Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools (PDF 3.8MB)

We would like to hear from you about Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools. Have you read/used/implemented the guide? What information/sections have been most useful? Have we left anything out? Is there anything you would like changed or included? Are you willing to share your bullying prevention journey or share your policy and/or resources? Please email us at bullying.prevention@minedu.govt.nz.

We're keen to talk to schools and education professionals, and welcome all your thoughts, comments and suggestions via email.

By sharing our ideas, resources and stories we can support each other in reducing bullying across New Zealand.

Bullying Prevention Advisory Group

Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG) comprises a number of sector groups and agencies, who share a commitment to taking a stand against bullying. BPAG acknowledge there is already much good work happening in New Zealand but agree a coordinated approach is needed. The aim of BPAG is to support schools to reduce bullying rates.

Bullying prevention and response

Bullying prevention and response is a guide for schools providing practical advice on how to prevent bullying and respond effectively when it does occur.

The guide is based on research and evidence about effective practice and includes specific information requested by schools.

It is written for boards of trustees, principals and school staff, and has 4 sections, covering:

  • safe and positive school environments
  • understanding bullying
  • bullying policies and processes
  • responding to bullying behaviour.

The guide contains questions for boards of trustees, principals, senior leadership teams and teachers, to help you assess your school’s progress and consider any need for changes. A school’s response to bullying is more effective if parents, families, whanau and the wider community are involved, and the guide gives you suggestions for how to do this. It also provides links to further information and resources.

All schools have received a copy of the guide. You can also download it: 

Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools

Section 4 of the guide contains information about Responding to Bullying incidents.

  • Bullying Assessments matric (Page 56-58)
  • Response to bullying incidents (Page 60).

Section 18 of the guide contains Tools for Schools which has sample bullying prevention and response policy and procedures:

We hope you and your school community will find the guide useful and informative.

Tips for success:

  • view your school and community as a system. The way it functions, including the physical environment, has a powerful influence on school life and the well-being of students
  • involve the whole school community (students, teachers, parents and whānau and health professionals) in designing and delivering change
  • provide the foundations for all children and young people to learn and succeed – make sure all of your school or centre systems support positive behaviour
  • family and whānau usually know their child or young person best – involve them and you increase your chances of connecting with a child or young person
  • children and young people don’t always know how to behave – you need to teach, regularly practise and positively reinforce the behaviours you want to see.

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