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Bullying prevention and response support tools and resources for schools

Schools can use the following tools and resources to support educators to prevent and respond to bullying in South Australian schools. This includes:

  • professional development around recognising and responding to bullying
  • bullying and cyberbullying policy and procedures
  • support around physical environment to support bullying prevention.

These resources are available to:

  • Department for Education schools
  • Catholic Education South Australia
  • Association of Independent Schools of South Australia.

 Training to recognise and respond to bullying behaviour

Login to plink to access the bullying prevention – effective practices for recognising and responding to bullying behaviour.

This training supports all school staff to broaden their knowledge and skills.

You can learn how to:

  • support positive and respectful behaviour
  • create safe and inclusive school environments
  • identify bullying behaviour
  • use effective practices to address behaviour concerns when they happen.

Respond effectively to bullying – videos and practice guidance

The support group method or the method of shared concern are effective interventions that educators can use to resolve and prevent future bullying.

A series of videos and accompanying practice guidance provide step-by-step support to staff using these interventions. See bullying prevention intervention and support training for teachers and school staff.

Keeping children safe from bullying conference

In 2018 a conference and workshop was held about keeping children safe in schools and the community. It focused on a community approach to reducing the impact of bullying on children and young people.

Visit keeping children safe from bullying conference to watch the sessions and speaker presentations and learn more about the conference.

Responding to cyberbullying and online safety incidents – guidelines

Schools can use the responding to online safety incidents in South Australian schools guidelines to respond to incidents involving children and young people.

These guidelines will help schools:

  • respond consistently and proportionally to online behaviours of concern
  • recognise which online incidents need to be escalated for additional supports
  • identify which online incidents need cross sector and interagency coordination.

Changing the physical environment to reduce bullying

The physical school environment can impact the frequency of bullying. Design changes to reduce bullying might involve:

  • increasing opportunities for playground social interaction
  • public showcasing of school values
  • eliminating blind spots.

Schools can use the protective physical environments guidance to make changes to school grounds to:

  • reduce unsafe behaviours
  • increase positive behaviours.

Resources for government schools

These resources are only accessible by department staff. 

All government schools must have a local bullying prevention policy (staff login required).

School leaders can create custom bullying prevention policy and plans with the online policy tool for schools (staff login required).

Schools can:

  • use evidence-based strategies to plan how your school will prevent and reduce bullying
  • use the staff survey to decide which strategies work best for your school
  • create and monitor actions.

School leaders can use the bullying prevention induction checklist (Word 385KB) to make sure all staff have current knowledge and expertise to prevent and respond to bullying.

Bullying prevention strategy

The state government released a statewide Bullying Prevention Strategy (PDF 5.3MB) that focused on strengthening responses to children’s bullying both inside and outside the school gates. 

The Department for Education, Catholic and independent school sectors, government departments and non-government organisations worked together to form the strategy.

The strategy’s community approach to bullying reflects community feedback, bullying prevention research and best practice. 

The strategy’s initiatives were implemented between 2019 and 2022.

Read the 12 month progress report – Connected: a community approach to bullying prevention within the school gates and beyond (PDF 2.9MB).

External agency supports

Bullying. No Way!

Bullying. No Way! has bullying and bullying prevention advice for children and young people, their families and teaching resources for educators.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Bullying. No Way! is home to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). NDA supports schools and their communities to find practical and lasting solutions to bullying and violence. The event is held on the third Friday of March every year.

eSafety

The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. They offer advice, teaching resources and training to help parents, carers, schools and pre-schools.

eSafety can receive complaints about serious cyberbullying and image-based abuse that happens to children and young people. In response to serious reports, eSafety can request that the online site remove the offensive content.

ThinkUKnow

ThinkUKnow is an Australian Federal Police led program. It operates in partnership with state and territory police and industry partners. The program has information about online safety and child sexual exploitation.

Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub is home of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework. It’s an evidence-based tool that supports schools to become communities that promote safety, wellbeing and learning.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au