A guide for Board of Trustees

Boards play a central role in providing leaders and direction in bullying prevention in their school. Read more about how Boards can build on existing good practice and help identify actions for your school.

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Bullying is a significant issue for children and young people in New Zealand. It is not a simple problem with a quick and easy answer. There is no single programme or formula that can universally be applied to deal with bullying behaviour. Evidence points to a combination of key components, rather than a specific single programme, as most likely to prevent and reduce bullying. Therefore schools need to design an approach that works for them.

Bullying prevention is shared responsibility. It needs everyone — boards of trustees, school staff, students, parents, whānau, and communities — to work together to prevent bullying behaviour. It requires a commitment to deal with bullying through a multi-layered approached which is consistently applied and constantly evaluated. 

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