Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools

Resources Relating to School Safety

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.

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.
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

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.

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.

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.

List of LGBTQ Websites provided by The BC Teachers' Federation

BC Teachers' Federation LGBTQ Websites List

List of web sites also includes extensive resources for teachers.