Focus 2: Joint Action and Training

In preventing and dealing with violence, as in many other areas, joint action and training are essential to the successful, effective application of interventions.

This focus includes two objectives with one measure each. The first objective deals with joint action.

Objective 2.1: Increase cooperation and joint action among the various bodies concerned at the provincial level

This objective includes one measure.

Measure 2.1.1: Ensure effective joint action provincewide in preventing and dealing with different types of violence

Various provincial government agencies are already working to prevent and deal with violence, and will continue to do so. These agencies include the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique, the Ministère de la Justice, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles and the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés.

Measure 2.1.1 seeks to ensure the consistency, integration and complementarity of the processes and actions carried out to prevent and deal with violence in the schools.

More specifically, it includes the following actions:

  • sharing information about initiatives regarding violence in the schools that are being implemented by each of the government agencies
  • sharing expertise in preventing and dealing with violence in the schools
  • working together on current or upcoming interventions in each department and, when applicable, on joint interventions

It is essential to work closely with the government agencies that are concerned with violence in the schools in order to share expertise and to avoid duplicating efforts in a given area.

The second objective of this focus deals with training for the various individuals who work with the students.

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Objective 2.2: Better prepare school personnel to deal with the problem of violence in the schools

This objective has one measure.

Measure 2.2.1: With universities, determine ways to include the issue of violence in the schools in initial teacher training

Preventing and dealing with violence in the schools will be more effective if the people trained to work in a school setting are more aware of this reality and better equipped to act. Many educators feel powerless in situations where they are called upon to prevent and deal with violence. Furthermore, sometimes the violence occurring in the schools has such a negative effect on employees that they quit their jobs. However, the Ministère, in cooperation with universities, intends to solve this problem by making sure that initial training prepares future teachers and professionals to deal with potentially violent situations. Several studies carried out in Québec report on the risk of abandoning the profession and conclude that a focus on teacher training is vital.

Indeed, it seems that teachers who have been trained to recognize violence are less likely to become victims themselves and are more able to effectively manage the tensions in their classroom. In light of this, it is even more important to meet the need for training in this area.

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