Violence in the schools: Let's work on it together! - Action plan to prevent and deal with violence in the schools 2008-2011

For many years, violence in the schools has been a concern for school staff, parents and the different organizations and institutions that work with schools. Violence is a serious and complex problem that transcends borders, commanding the attention of a number of researchers.

Whatever form it takes, violence in the schools has a negative impact on young people, their academic success and their quality of life at school. Indeed, observations from researchers and testimonies from the field tend to confirm that violence in schools creates an unhealthy atmosphere and breeds mistrust, feelings of not belonging, low self-esteem, anxiety and isolation, and increases absenteeism, academic failures, the number of dropouts, and so on. It is easy to understand why the school community and parents would like to see more action on this issue.