School Violence : A European Concern

Violence at school

Violence among pupils, attacks on teachers or staff members, insolence, theft, and damage or destruction to school premises: school violence is one of the most visible forms of violence towards children.

However, public awareness and intolerance of school violence has greatly increased over the last ten years, and most European governments have added school violence to their political agendas.

After the integrated project ‘'Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society'' (2002-2004), in 2005 the council of Europe launched an action programme, ‘'Children and violence'' whose main objective is to help with the identification and implementation of consistent prevention policies.

This project is integrated within the larger Council of Europe programme « Building a Europe for and with children », which aims to promote children's rights and to protect them from all forms of violence.