Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools

Resources Relating to School Safety

Your Role in Helping Children and Youth Develop Healthy Relationship Skills (PDF, 677KB)

Description: Being able to interact positively with others is essential in social situations at school, at home and at work – throughout one’s life. Schools play an important role in helping children and youth develop this essential aspect of their social development – both by teaching healthy relationship skills and by modeling healthy relationship skills in practice.

Your Role in Helping Children and Youth Develop Healthy Relationship Skills highlights ‘healthy relationship skill building’ topics in BC’s provincially prescribed Health and Career Education Curricula (HCE K-7, HCE 8 and 9; and Planning 10) to assist teachers in providing a comprehensive, age-appropriate program of learning for students to address this important aspect of their social development.

keeping kids safe

Keeping Kids Safe - A Guide for Parents of Students in Grades K-12 (PDF, 581KB)

Keeping Kids Safe - A Guide for Parents of Students in Grades K-12 (Print Ready PDF, 592KB)

Arabic (PDF, 280KB)
Chinese Simplified (PDF, 516KB)
Chinese Traditional (PDF, 459KB)
Filipino (PDF, 239KB)
French (PDF, 1.53MB)
Hindi (PDF, 271KB)
Japanese (PDF, 341KB)
Korean (PDF, 390KB)
Persian (PDF, 328KB)
Punjabi (PDF, 244KB)
Russian (PDF, 256KB)
Spanish (PDF, 239KB)
Vietnamese (PDF, 251KB)

Description: Recent events, publicized in the media, have encouraged us all to think and talk about bullying prevention in our homes, schools and communities and about our shared responsibility for ‘keeping kids safe’. Everybody has a role to play.

Keeping Kids Safe - A Guide for Parents of Students in Grades K-12 was developed by the Ministry of Education to support the cultivation of positive school cultures and to help schools engage parents in maintaining optimal learning environments for student achievement.

When Words are not Enough (PDF, 402KB)
Precursors to Threat: An Early Warning System for School Counsellors

Description: This booklet focuses on behavioural indicators that often precede worrisome behaviour and prompt timely intervention. Based on the threat assessment protocols developed by Kevin Cameron (2004), When Words are not Enough has been created as an early warning system that may increase early intervention to prevent, delay, or de-escalate impending behaviour that is threatening.

As trained observers of human behaviour, educators often notice subtle cues that hint at change before it becomes so entrenched, severe, or destructive that the possibility of self-harm or harm to others is imminent. As trained interveners in human behaviour, school counsellors offer on-site supports, resources, and connections to agencies that provide protective and supportive services within and beyond the school.

Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct
A Companion to the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Ministerial Order And Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide (2004)

English (PDF, 79KB)
French (PDF, 102KB)

Description: This document is a companion to the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Ministerial Order and Safe Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide.

It has been created to assist boards of education in meeting their obligation to ensure that codes of conduct in their districts meet the provincial standards and comply with the School Act and the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order. It offers information to assist boards to meet their responsibilities under the law and work to make the schools of our province as safe, caring and orderly as possible.

The BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect For Service Providers (PDF, 802KB)

Description: This Handbook is designed to support an integrated, collaborative response to child abuse and neglect by:

  • providing information about identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect;
  • providing an overview of relevant law and government policies;
  • clarifying the roles and shared responsibilities of service providers, including their accountability for responding to suspected child abuse and neglect; and
  • ensuring that responses to suspected child abuse and neglect in British Columbia are effective, consistent and sensitive to the needs of children.
Responding to Child Welfare Concerns
Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report
(PDF, 205KB)

Whether they are our own kids, a neighbour’s or a stranger’s, we all have a role to play in keeping children safe. This booklet tells you how you can help by:

  • knowing the signs of abuse and neglect; and
  • knowing what to do when a child may be at risk.

Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide
(PDF, 2.7MB)

Des écoles sûres où règnent la bienveillance et la discipline : Guide-ressource (RB0173)
(PDF, 1.83MB)

Description: This document describes the vision for schools toward which school boards, schools and school communities must continually strive. The Guide identifies attributes of safe, caring and orderly schools, and provides provincial standards for codes of conduct. It also outlines strategies for informing appropriate members of the school community of safety concerns in a timely manner.


Call it Safe - A parent guide for dealing with bullying in elementary schools

English (PDF, 207KB)
French (PDF, 616KB)
Korean (PDF, 1.15MB)
Punjabi (PDF, 173KB)
Simplified Chinese (PDF, 1.03MB)
Traditional Chinese (PDF, 1.06MB)

A guide for parents of elementary school students and Parent Advisory Council (PAC) leaders. It will:

  • answer some of the questions you may have about bullying, and give you information about what you need to know and do to help your children
  • provide information that you and your PAC can use to work with your school to help ensure that the school is safe.

This guide is also useful to others who wish to understand parents' views on bullying, and help to raise awareness and promote effective programs.

Call it Safe - A parent guide for dealing with harassment and intimidation in secondary schools

English (PDF, 165KB)
French (PDF, 611KB)
Korean (PDF, 837KB)
Punjabi (PDF, 230KB)
Simplified Chinese (PDF, 1.09MB)
Traditional Chinese (PDF, 1.09MB)

Description: A guide for parents of secondary school students and Parent Advisory Council (PAC) leaders. It will:

  • answer some of the questions you may have about harassment and intimidation, and give you information about what you need to know and do to help your children
  • provide information that you and your PAC can use to work with your school to help ensure that the school is safe.

This guide is also useful to others associated with the public school system who wish to understand parents' perspectives on harassment and intimidation, and engage parents' help in raising awareness and promoting effective awareness, prevention, intervention and protection programs.

Responding to Critical Incidents: A Resource for Schools (RB0071) (PDF, 634KB)

Intervenir en cas d’incident critique: guide-ressource destiné aux écoles (PDF, 583KB)

Description: Intended to assist schools and school districts in planning effective responses after traumatic events. It contains a generic protocol for supporting staff and students dealing with emotional issues after a critical incident, violent event, natural disaster, or other traumatic event. As well, this resource includes useful material on Critical Incidents Stress Debriefing, including: Developing a critical incidents response plan; communication guidelines; and team/teacher/school checklists and agendas.

Diversity in BC Schools: A Framework (PDF, 671KB)

Diversité dans les écoles de la Colombie-Britannique : Document-cadre (RB0172) (PDF, 725KB)

Description: Describes key concepts, references guiding legislation, and includes some important implications for policies, strategies, and initiatives in the school system related to:

  • honouring diversity and promoting human rights,
  • preventing discrimination, harassment, and violence, and
  • responding to incidents of discrimination, harassment, or violence when they occur.
Designed to assist in:
  • reviewing existing policies and practices to ensure they are consistent with legislation,
  • enhancing existing policies and practices to ensure that they address diversity, and
  • developing or implementing new policies and practices to directly address the diverse needs of the
    people served by the school system.

Focus on Bullying - A Prevention Program for Elementary School Communities (RB0077)
(PDF, 153KB)

Pleins feux sur l’intimidation: Programme de prévention à l’intention des écoles élémentaires (PDF, 3.28MB)

Description: Based on a comprehensive program first developed by the Vancouver School Board, this resource promotes an approach in which all members of the school community contribute to the development of a school-wide bullying prevention plan. This resource contains resources and training for teachers, school administrators, and support staff. Focus on Bullying includes practical ideas, activities and strategies, including a series of skill-building lesson plans that actively engage students in discussions about bullying and in devising solutions to stop bullying when it occurs in elementary schools.

Focus on Harassment and Intimidation: Responding to Bullying in Secondary School Communities (RB0077)
(PDF, 2.89MB)

Pleins feux sur le harcèlement et l’intimidation - Guide d’intervention pour les écoles secondaires
(PDF, 660KB)

Description: Focus on Harassment and Intimidation defines key concepts and processes associated with a safe learning environment and describes a collaborative process for safe-school policy development. It also provides suggestions for teaching these concepts and processes in the classroom. Also included, are examples of promising practices from around the province; and guidelines for responding to incidents of harassment and intimidation effectively, respectfully, and consistently.

Focus on Suspension - A Resource for Schools (RB0079)
(PDF, 640KB)

L'exclusion temporaire : Guide-ressource à l'intention des écoles (RB0171)
(PDF, 356KB)

Description: This handbook provides information to assist schools in developing strategies that focus on alternatives to out-of school suspension. It includes:

  • information on the legal aspects of suspension in BC;
  • successful discipline and support interventions as alternatives to suspension; and,
  • examples of successful programs and practices both in BC and in research literature.

Focus on Suspension emphasizes the importance of a positive healthy school climate and effective classroom management in preventing situations that may result in suspension.

Internet Safety Tips for Parents (PDF, 43KB)

Arabic (PDF, 129KB)
Chinese Simplified (PDF, 147KB)
Chinese Traditional (PDF, 173KB)
Filipino (PDF, 63KB)
French (PDF, 208KB)
Hindi (PDF, 89KB)
Japanese (PDF, 134KB)
Korean (PDF, 97KB)
Persian (PDF, 134KB)
Punjabi (PDF, 70KB)
Russian (PDF, 85KB)
Spanish (PDF, 61KB)
Vietnamese (PDF, 56KB)

Description: Steps parents can take to protect children who use the Internet.

  • General rules for using the Internet
  • Guiding your child online
  • Preserving your family's privacy
  • Minimizing possible risks

Keeping Schools Safe: a Practical Guide for Principals and Vice-Principals

Description: Developed to support school-based administrators, principals and vice-principals in their work to keep schools safe.

Part I is set out in a simple format to give principals and vice-principals a quick and easy reference to use when a situation occurs, with clear suggestions for preventive measures that can be built into the life of the school.

Part II discusses in depth legal issues associated with creating safe school communities of interest to school-based and district administrators, trustees, teachers, and many other members of the school district community.

**Note: to purchase copies of this resource, please contact the BC School Principals and Vice Principals Association by calling 1-800-663-0432 (toll free).

Manual of School Law

Contains the School Act which describes roles and responsibilities of educators, students and parents. Of particular interest:
  • STATEMENT OF EDUCATION POLICY ORDER (Mandate for the School System) Authority: School Act s.169 (3) (OIC 1280/89 (Manual of School Law location is D-81)
  • School Act s. 76 (2) (3) (conduct, discipline in schools) (Manual of School Law - location is C-45)
  • School Act s. 85 (2) (c) (school boards) (Manual of School Law - location is D-81)
  • School Act s. (6) (duties of students) (Manual of School Law - location is C-14)
  • School Act s. 7 and 8 (parents and parents' advisory council) (Manual of School Law - location is C-15)
  • PROVINCIAL STANDARDS FOR CODES OF CONDUCT ORDER Authority: School Act, sections 85(1.1) 168 (2) (s.1)

Responding to Children's Problem Sexual Behavior in Elementary Schools: A Resource for Educators (RB0078) (PDF, 153KB)

Comportements sexuels inconvenants chez les élèves de l'élémentaire (PDF, 5.65MB)

Description: This guide is intended to help school staff respond to children's problem sexual behavior in a practical and preventative manner - one that helps the student better understand the behavior and its effects. The primary goals of this guide are to facilitate communication, empathy, and accountability. This manual helps school staff understand how problems develop, and how teachers and other school staff can respond appropriately to them. It also provides school principals with information about issues of liability and accountability.

BC Performance Standards - Social Responsibility: A Framework

Description: Provides educators, students, and families with a common set of expectations for student development in four categories.

  • sharing responsibility for their social and physical environment
  • participating and contributing to the class and to small groups


  • managing conflict appropriately, including presenting views and arguments respectfully, and considering others’ views
  • using effective problem-solving steps and strategies


  • treating others fairly and respectfully; showing a sense of ethics
  • recognizing and defending human rights


  • knowing and acting on rights and responsibilities (local, national,global)
  • articulating and working toward a preferred future for the community, nation, and planet — a sense of idealism

Teaching Students Learning and Behavioural Differences

Enseigner aux élèves ayant des difficultés d'apprentissage et de comportement (PDF, 1MB)

Description: This manual is designed to support teachers as they strive to help students with learning and behavioral difficulties succeed in the classroom. The introduction features information on in-class intervention, referrals and communication with parents.


FRIENDS for Life

Description: The FRIENDS program is a school-based early intervention and prevention program, effective in building resilience and reducing the risk of anxiety disorders in children. The program - sponsored by Child and Youth Mental Health Services in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, school districts and independent schools - is delivered by school professionals and addresses many prescribed learning outcomes in the Health and Career Education K-7 curriculum. FRIENDS is a Ministry of Education recommended learning resource and is listed in the Ministry’s Grade Collection list.


Making Space Introduction (PDF, 2.3 MB)
Making Space: Kindergarten to Grade 3(PDF, 831KB)
Making Space: Grade 4 to Grade 7 (PDF 922KB)
Making Space: Grade 8 to Grade 10 (PDF, 828KB)
Making Space: Grade 11 to Grade 12 (PDF, 924KB)
Making Space: Appendices (PDF, 1.54MB)

Description: Making Space is designed to help K-12 teachers in virtually every subject area find ways to promote

  • awareness and understanding of the diversity that exists within our society—differences that are visible (e.g., race, ethnicity, sex, age, physical ability) and differences that are less visible (e.g., culture, ancestry, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, mental ability)
  • support for the achievement of social justice for all people and groups—particularly in ensuring that people’s backgrounds and circumstances do not prevent them from achieving the full benefits of participation in society, and in addressing injustice faced by those who historically have been and today frequently continue to be marginalized, ignored, or subjected to discrimination or other forms of oppression.


Media Awareness Network - English
Réseau Éducation-Médias - French

Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for media literacy. Its vision is to ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media. The organization provides media and internet education resources for everyone interested in media literacy and digital literacy for young people.

For Teachers:
Lesson plans, classroom activities, background articles, Canadian resources for media education.

For Parents:
Practical tips for helping parents manage media in the home.

Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health: Better Practices and Perspectives
(PDF 2.28MB)
This positive mental health resource for schools has lots of connections to safety and school connectedness as well as positive school climates and will be helpful in better understanding mental health needs of kids. The key perspectives and practices delineated in this document may serve as a useful planning resource for teachers, school administrators and school health professionals, as well as other government, provincial and community stakeholders involved in the development or implementation of positive mental health approaches.

CyberSafe with Steve Dotto - Protect your kids in Cyberspace: A how-to guide to being CyberSafe
LNBC CyberSafe Videos - Protect your kids in Cyberspace: A how-to guide to being CyberSafe A collection of short videos, hosted by LearnNowBC and narrated by computer guru Steve Dotto, demonstrate how kids use the Internet and explains the responsibilities of being an effective parent in the Digital Age.


Cyber Bullying - Encouraging Ethical Online Behaviour
Lessons on Cyber Bullying for Grades 5-12. To help educators address this issue in their classrooms, Media Awareness Network has developed a series of lessons, in English and in French, to give students a better understanding of the ethical and legal implications of cyber bullying and to promote positive Internet use. This group has included lessons intended to support and enhance school-based anti-bullying and empathy-building programs.


The UFV Centre for Safe Schools & Communities promotes evidence-based approaches for safe, healthy, and inclusive schools and communities. The Centre provides:

  • resources and strategies to promote safe, healthy and inclusive environments (including prevention of bullying, harassment and intimidation in schools)
  • support to school districts through the Lower Mainland Safe School Network
  • support and referral services for parents, schools, police, and NGO’s
  • research services to encourage program effectiveness
  • a speaker's bureau for training and professional development for educators, police officers, parents and community agency staff

The BC Confederation of
Parent Advisory Councils

BCCPAC Advocacy Project
Description: A parent-driven movement to help parents and students have a voice in our public education system and solve problems in a positive way.

The BC School Trustees

BCSTA maintains a searchable database of school district policies
There are two search options:
Detailed: search by school district, date, policy name, etc.
Short: search by content field only, e.g., safe schools-related content fields:
• Code of Conduct
• Bullying
• Harassment and Intimidation
• Racism
• Student Discipline

Toll Free:

The Prideline provides a non-judgmental, supportive service to the Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual communities.

7 days per week from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Youth Against Violence Line
Toll Free:

The Youth Against Violence Line is a safe, confidential way for youth to pass on information to prevent fights, receive assistance about harassment, bullying and sexual assault and leave information about drug and criminal activity.

Youthquest! Lesbian and Gay Youth Society of British Columbia
Toll free:

Youthquest! is Canada's largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth.

Youthquest! provides safe & supportive drop-in sites, a toll-free support line, community education (anti-bullying training), crucial peer support, and fun, safe social activities.

M-F 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Description: Bullying and harassment impact millions of young people, and do damage in the communities we share. The Canadian Red Cross has developed a bullying and peer harassment prevention program to help schools and organizations respond to bullying behaviour. The program helps youth understand the issues, their rights and responsibilities. Adult workshops are also available to help schools, organizations and individuals understand the issues, develop policies and create a safer, more respectful climate.