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Bullying Prevention Guidelines welcomed

Bullying Prevention Guidelines welcomed by Human Rights Commission

“Most schools have a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to bullying but they often don’t have a programme to back it up, now there are some clear guidelines to help prevent and respond to bullying.”

The Human Rights Commission hopes every New Zealand school will welcome and learn from new bullying prevention guidelines released this week.

“Schools are a crucial part of the solution to the wider problem of violence in our country,” said Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford.

“Most schools have a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to bullying but they often don’t have a programme to back it up, now there are some clear guidelines to help prevent and respond to bullying.”

The Guide was shaped by research, evidence and effective practice as well as specific information requested by schools. It was a collaborative effort involving central government agencies, the Secondary Principals Association and other representatives from organisations who share a commitment to taking a stand against bullying.

Mr Rutherford says no matter what people would like to think, like violence, bullying is found across communities.

“Every school will have to deal with bullying behaviour at one time or another: being prepared and knowing how to react is the responsibility of all boards of trustees and teachers.”

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