In 2014-15, Wybunbury Delves worked with Cheshire East and Bangor University as a pilot 'KiVa school'. The meaning of the word KiVa is 'nice' and 'against bullying' in Finnish. Having found this to be a child friendly approach we will adopt this as part of our school practice.
KiVa is a research-based antibullying program that has been developed in Finland. In Finland, KiVa is a sought-after program with 90 % of all schools providing education for children aged 7-15 implementing the KiVa program. Kiva is now being introduced to schools across England and Wales. KiVa involves both 'universal' and 'indicated' actions to prevent bullying and to tackle cases of bullying coming to attention.
The universal actions are targeted at all students in a school. They refer to efforts made to influence the group norms and to build capacity in all children to behave in constructive ways, to take responsibility for not encouraging bullying, and to support the victims and is part of our PHSE curriculum.
The indicated actions take place when bullying has come to the attention of a member of the school's staff team. Each particular case is handled in a series of individual and group discussions between the school's KiVa team and the students involved. Several pro-social peers of the victim are challenged to provide support for the victimised classmate.
The Kiva approach has a very structured method for dealing with instances of bullying. It focuses on bystanders — students who witness bullying events. Class lessons teach children to recognise what is, and what is not, bullying and how to respond when they see bullying. The strategy builds on research showing that victims report the worst thing about being bullied is when others did nothing to help. In addition, bullies tend to behave aggressively to attain higher status and are often reinforced by onlookers' apathy or encouragement. Generally, other children are present when bullying takes place and although many might believe it is wrong, they do not intervene or tell a teacher. When they do intervene, bullying tends to stop.
What is bullying?
Bullying is harmful behaviour/degrading treatment which is
What is not bullying?
Bullying is not...
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
For parents/carers wishing to find out more about the Kiva anti bullying programme, click here.