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Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network - PREVNet

$2.8 million for 2011-19
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Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network

Number of partners
91

Partner contributions
$5.7 million

Headquarters
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Scientific Directors
Wendy Craig Wendy Craig

Debra Pepler Debra Pepler

Board chair
Martha Tory Martha Tory

Reducing bullying with evidence


The opportunity

Parents, teachers and those who work with children and youth must protect children from all forms of abuse, including bullying. Canada has many local, provincial and national programs aimed at reducing bullying. Unfortunately, few are based on evidence and even fewer are scientifically evaluated to measure their effectiveness. Many strategies to prevent bullying are already known and proven effective, thanks in large part to Canadian research. What was needed was a national network where expert researchers and national organizations work together to translate this research into practice.

How PREVNet is seizing the opportunity

The Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) developed and honed its highly successful model of bringing researchers and national organizations to work together when it was funded through the NCE New Initiative pilot program (2006-11). Since then, it has built a national network of 122 leading Canadian researchers and students at 28 universities, and 62 national youth-serving organizations, including industry, federal and provincial agencies, and NGOs. Through these partners, the network has the potential to reach all Canadian children where they live, work and play. PREVNet’s model of knowledge mobilization – based on education, assessment, intervention and policy – is designed to stop bullying and victimization and create environments where children feel safe.

Among the results

  • PREVNet has co-created more than 150 organization-specific bullying prevention initiatives, including a bilingual Model Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan for the Ontario Ministry of Education to be disseminated and implemented by every school in the province, and a fact sheet on bullying in collaboration with the Canadian Psychological Association.
  • The Healthy Relationships Training Module (HRTM), co-created with the Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, and Scouts Canada, has improved professional practices in approximately 100 organizations that train more than 35,000 adults and reach more than 1 million children and youth. Key messages from the HRTM are now also part of international training programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Russia.
  • Since 2003, PREVNet has contributed to Family Channel’s annual Stand UP! Bullying Awareness Week, empowering millions of children to stand up against bullying and increase children’s awareness that when peers intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57% of the time. The campaign consists of a week of programming dedicated to bullying prevention and a cross-Canada rally tour.
  • PREVNet partnered with Primus Telecommunications to launch CyberGuard, Canada’s first e-learning program to help parents and youth prevent cyberbullying. The program features modules and activities to prompt conversations among adults and youth, and quizzes to test knowledge and debunk myths.

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News
Features
Reducing bullying with evidence
April 17, 2014
Canada has many local, provincial and national programs aimed at reducing bullying. Unfortunately, few are based on evidence and even fewer are scientifically evaluated to measure their effectiveness. As a result, Canada ranks in the bottom third internationally when it comes to bullying and victimization. At the same time, parents, teachers and those who work with children and youth must protect children from all forms of abuse, including bullying. Read more
Grassroots groups get new tools to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying
July 23, 2013
In Canadian schools, bullying happens every 7.5 minutes in the playgrounds and every 25 minutes in the classroom. Although the statistics are alarming, the human impact is heartbreaking – children who are victimized can be emotionally scarred for life. Read more
The NCE highlights the important contributions of the social sciences and humanities at Congress 2013
June 10, 2013
Research into human thought and behaviour is an essential part of successful innovation and addressing the complex challenges facing Canadians. Read more about how unique contributions from the social sciences and humanities help NCE-funded networks and centres address the full scope of their mandates. Read more
Putting knowledge to work to prevent bullying
November 14, 2012
When it comes to preventing bullying, knowledge is power. Thanks to coordinated, targeted efforts by the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet) network, more of that valuable knowledge is being put where it can do the most good: in the hands of those who work with children and youth. Read more