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Keeping children safe from bullying conference

A free one-day conference and workshop about keeping children safe in schools and the community.

A community approach to reducing the impact of bullying on children and young people will be the focus of a conference on 5 November and a consultation workshop on 6 November.

Conference, 5 November 2018

Register today to hear from leading Australian and international researchers who will present evidence on:

  • the global context of bullying
  • supporting children at increased risk of bullying
  • bullying and mental health
  • social media and cyberbullying
  • legal responses to bullying
  • school and community responses to bullying.

The conference will focus on keeping children safe at school and in the community.

A full conference program will be available soon.

Who this conference is for

The conference is for educators and people who work with children and families in government, non-government, not-for-profit and community organisations.

Consultation workshop, 6 November 2018

Selected attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to government responses about keeping children safe.

You can nominate yourself for the workshop when you register for the conference.

When and where

Date: Monday 5 November 2018
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: free

The 6 November consultation workshop will be at the same location.

Register now to attend in person

Complete the registration to attend the conference.

When you register you can nominate yourself for the consultation workshop. We will let you know if you are selected to attend.

Not able to attend?

If you can’t make it on the day, you can:

About the researchers

Professor Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Head of the Manchester Institute of Education and Professor of Psychology and Education, Neil’s research interests include social and emotional learning, mental health, and disability (particularly autism spectrum disorders).

Professor Wendy Craig, Queens University Ontario, Canada

A Queen’s psychology professor and scientific co-director (with Dr. Debra Pepler) of Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet). Research about the causes of bullying and aggression, and develop and disseminate programs to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships.

Professor Dorothy Espelage, University of Florida, United States of America

Dorothy’s work focuses on supporting groups who are not easily helped by approaches to bullying, such as LGBTI students and other vulnerable groups and translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. Advises members of Congress and Senate on bullying prevention legislation.

The Australian Universities’ Anti-bullying Research Alliance (AUARA)

AUARA is a collaboration which aims to inform policy and practice through quality evidence-based research; and to improve outcomes for young people in the area of cyberbullying. The Alliance has significant international links with organizations concerned with the issues of online bullying (cyberbullying) and cyber safety. Researchers representing the alliance on the day include:

Associate Professor Barbara Spears, University of South Australia

Associate Professor Spears is recognised nationally and internationally for work on youth/student voice, cyberbullying, sexting, mental health, wellbeing, and the role of technology in young people’s social relationships. She has recently led the review and update of the National Safe Schools Framework.

Professor Phillip Slee, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia

Professor Slee has published extensively in the field of child development, bullying, school violence and stress, and has presented his work nationally and internationally in workshops and lectures.

Professor Donna Cross, University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute, Australia

Donna has an international reputation for developing community-based interventions to reduce bullying and aggression among young people.

Professor Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Des has authored or co-authored books and articles on topics including privacy law (particularly in the context of new technologies), legal liability for psychiatric injury, bullying and cyberbullying, negligence, defamation law, legal education and higher education. He has a particular interest in the use of narrative and virtual worlds (especially in the creation of machinima) in learning.

Professor Marilyn Campbell, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Campbell prepares psychologists and school counsellors in the Masters of Education program. Before this, Marilyn supervised school counsellors and worked in infant, primary and secondary schools as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor. Her main clinical and research interests include the effects of bullying, especially cyberbullying in schools and the prevention and intervention of anxiety disorders in young people. She is the author of the Worrybusters series of books for anxious children.


Engagement and wellbeing – keeping safe

Phone8207 2491
Email: education.keepingsafe [at] sa.gov.au