Teachers & Schools:
It provides classroom and school resources to assist in address school bullying.
It provides information for parents & resources to access to help them address bullying and wellbeing issues.
on the student page there are links to resources to follow if you are being bullied or have a concern regarding mental health.
Bullying and Wellbeing - A Community Concern
On this CAPER site information is provided regarding the issues of school bullying , mental health, wellbeing of young people. In Australia, one in five or more students aged eight to 16 years report being bulliedvery few weeks or more often. These prevalence rates are similar to or higher than international estimates. Further, most students who are traditionally bullied also report being cyberbullied. A sizeable proportion of children and young people are therefore exposed to bullying and cyberbullying incidents, and their consequences, in Australian schools. There is strong evidence for the harmful impact of bullying and cyberbullying on students' wellbeing, social integration and school success.
Concerns among Australian schools, families and young people about negative academic, social and health consequences have therefore resulted in a considerable body of research on the management and prevention of bullying in both primary and secondary schools.
Phillip Slee developed the PEACE Pack anti-bullying program in 2001. It was developed by teachers, students, parents and researchers over a period of two years and has been used and evaluated across Australia and internationally (Slee, 2017).
In addition to the issue of school bullying the CAPER team and colleagues have also undertaken large scale national and international evaluation in relation to the issues of mental health and wellbeing. Grace Skrzypiec and Phillip Slee have led teams of researchers evaluating national Australian programs such as KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood. They have also led Australian teams of researchers in collaboration with European Union researchers in comparative longitudinal research into bullying and cyberbullying and aggression.
A significant part of the CAPER outreach is translating the findings from research into policy and practice. As such, they have developed school based intervention programs focussing on bullying, cyberbullying and wellbeing. Consultative work with Governments in Japan, Malta, Greece and Italy and Australia has been undertaken in relation to developing evidence-based policy informing issues such as bullying and mental health.
THE CAPER TEAM
Dr. Phillip T. Slee
He is a Professor in Human development in the College of Education, Psychology & Social Work Flinders University, Adelaide. He is a trained teacher and registered psychologist. Areas of research interest include, child & adolescent mental health, childhood bullying/aggression, stress and teacher education. His particular interest is in the practical and policy implications of my research. He has presented his work nationally and internationally in workshops and lectures. My research team has evaluated the KidsMatter Primary mental Health Initiative http://caef.flinders.edu.au/kidsmatter/ and the KidsMatter Early Childhood mental health initiative.
He is Director of the Flinders Centre for ‘Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence’ (SWAPv) .
Dr Grace Skrzypiec
Grace is a psychologist with a background in teaching and research methods and has worked on a range of national research projects in the field of student wellbeing. She is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology & Social Work Flinders University, Adelaide. Presently she is working with other researchers on various anti-bullying projects including the “coping with bullying” intervention, which has been successfully implemented in several schools in South Australia and Greece. Currently she is also working with a research team on a project exploring the nature of bullying in India. Grace has a strong interest in student well-being. In 2013-14 she led a team of three researchers and completed a research project funded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation involving 2,000 students that investigated the well-being of students in the middle years. She is Director of the Flinders Centre for ‘Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence’ (SWAPv).