Kiva antibullying contract
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KiVa is a research and evidence based anti-bullying program that was developed at the University of Turku in Finland. The goal of KiVa is to prevent bullying and to tackle the cases of bullying effectively. The effectiveness of KiVa have been evaluated in numerous studies showing that bullying and victimization have decreased in Finland since the rollout of the KiVa program. KiVa is now being evaluated in several countries: the first international studies from the Netherlands, Estonia, Italy, and Wales are emerging, showing that KiVa is effective outside of Finland as well.
KiVa is based on 3 elements: prevention, intervention and monitoring.
The KiVa program involves both universal and specific actions to prevent bullying and to tackle cases of bullying coming to attention. Universal actions are targeted at all pupils. Children learn how to build their capacity to work cooperatively, behave in constructive ways, to take responsibility for not encouraging bullying, and how to support victims of bullying.
Specific actions take place when bullying has come to the attention of staff and intervention is needed. Each particular case is handled in a series of individual and group discussions between the school's KiVa team and the pupils involved. The KiVa team regularly monitor the individual cases as well as gaining feedback from both pupils and staff bi-annually through surveys.
KiVa is not a project, but a permanent part of the school's antibullying work.
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