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NCJ Number: 156716 Find in a Library
Title: School-Based Violence Prevention in Canada: Results of a National Survey of Policies and Programs
Author(s): D M Day; C A Golench; J MacDougall; C A Beals-Gonzalez
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 236
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-662-22055-8
Sale Source: Canada Solicitor General
340 Laurier Avenue, West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8,
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study examined the nature of school-based violence prevention policies and programs in Canada, based on a literature review and systematic analysis of a national sample of 116 school board violence prevention policies and programs.
Abstract: Results indicated a tremendous amount of activity within the educational community to understand and come to terms with the issue of school-based violence and to identify and implement effective violence prevention strategies. With regard to specific components, nearly all school boards included a statement concerning student suspension and expulsion. Other areas that school boards focused on included delegating administrative responsibilities, communicating policy information, and promoting a positive school climate. Most school board documents reviewed in the survey consisted of policy statements about specific infractions. Typically, these infractions included physical assault, verbal harassment, intimidation and bullying, threats, and weapons. Survey respondents identified a need for more staff training opportunities in the areas of school violence and violence prevention, high-quality evaluations of policies and programs, and good methods to report school-based violent incidents. School boards determined that policies should be internally consistent, be congruent with violence prevention programs, be comprehensive, have a community focus, and be compatible with supplemental programs for aggressive and violent students. School boards also felt that violence prevention strategies should address root causes of violence, that is, biological, familial, environmental, social, and academic factors that place juveniles at risk. Appendixes contain supplemental information on school violence programs and procedural aspects of the survey and include a directory of school board policies and programs. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Crime in schools; Foreign crime prevention; School discipline; School/Student Expulsion; Violence prevention; Weapons violations
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