26 September 2023

New action plan to end school violence

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The Department of Education has developed the third phase of its action plan against violence in schools.

Voices Against Violence aims to unite students, staff, parents and community members to speak out against violence in schools.

Launching the six-week campaign, Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery said it encouraged everyone to play their part to bring about positive change and make acts of violence socially unacceptable.

“It is Statewide and will run across media outlets, digital and social media,” Ms Ellery said.

“Schools will be provided with posters to create awareness on school grounds,” she said.

The Minister said the action plan, No Voice to Violence, was launched in 2018.

“The first stage was a social media campaign appealing to young people and others in the community to think before liking or sharing violent vision on social media,” she said.

“The second stage focused on accountability and legal implications, as well as consequences of involvement in any form of violence, which could include sharing, filming, encouraging and participating in violent acts.

“Since 2018, we have been encouraging everyone in school communities to take a stand against violence together.

“This campaign educates young people and community members about the impacts that violent incidents, as well as the filming and sharing of violence online, can have on their lives.

“Now with phase three, we aim to reignite all of those important messages and encourage everyone to speak out against violence.”

Ms Ellery said everyone had a responsibility to bring about positive change and the campaign to tackle violence was about continuing conversations to remind everyone they had a part to play in stopping violence in schools.

Further information about Voices Against Violence can be accessed at this PS News link.

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