Department of Education

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Creating safe and supporting schools

Listen to world leading experts in the field of bullying, aggression and violence research - Professor Christina Salmivalli from Finland and WA’s Professor Donna Cross from Edith Cowan University.

Professor Salmivalli, who heads the National School of Psychology in Finland, led the development, implementation and evaluation of the highly successful KiVA strategy. This program has greatly reduced the negative effects of bullying in Finnish schools and increased student safety.

A key feature of the KiVa program is encouraging bystanders and witnesses to bullying to take positive action, particularly to support victims.

Download a podcast (16 minutes 25 seconds) of Professor Salmivalli where she:

  • presents data on the KiVa program
  • talks about how the program was implemented in 82% of Finnish schools
  • discusses the effectiveness of the program.

Professor Cross, Director of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) at Edith Cowan University, has developed targeted anti-bullying school programs and resources, based on more than 11 years of research and development.

Download a podcast of Professor Cross (18 minutes 32 seconds) where she:

  • presents current research evidence on the state of bullying, including cyber bullying, in WA schools
  • outlines effective evidence based anti-bullying programs and tools
  • provides the steps required to support effective action in your school community.

Podcasts on bullying

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