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 - 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.
Words are not Enough (PDF,
Precursors to Threat: An Early Warning System for School
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.
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)
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.
BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect
For Service Providers
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.
to Child Welfare Concerns
Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report
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
Des écoles sûres où règnent la bienveillance et la discipline : Guide-ressource (RB0173)
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)
Description: 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:
Designed to assist in:
- honouring diversity and promoting human rights,
- preventing discrimination, harassment, and violence, and
- responding to incidents of discrimination, harassment, or violence when they occur.
- 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)
Pleins feux sur lintimidation: Programme de prévention à lintention 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)
Pleins feux sur le harcèlement et lintimidation - Guide dintervention pour les écoles secondaires
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)
L'exclusion temporaire : Guide-ressource à l'intention des écoles (RB0171)
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
Description: 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.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY
- sharing responsibility for their social and physical environment
- participating and contributing to the class and to small groups
SOLVING PROBLEMS IN PEACEFUL WAYS
- managing conflict appropriately, including presenting views and arguments respectfully, and considering others views
- using effective problem-solving steps and strategies
VALUING DIVERSITY AND DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS
- treating others fairly and respectfully; showing a sense of ethics
- recognizing and defending human rights
EXERCISING DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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
|| 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.
Lesson plans, classroom activities, background articles, Canadian resources for media education.
Practical tips for helping parents manage media in the home.
Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health: Better Practices and Perspectives
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 BC Centre for Safe Schools & Communities promotes evidence-based approaches for safe, healthy and inclusive school communities.
The Centre supports:
- a lending library that provides free access to a variety of print and video resources
- research into school safety and social responsibility
- the development of strategies to prevent peer victimization (including bullying, harassment and intimidation)
- a speaker's bureau for training and professional development for educators, police officers, parents and community agency staff
- a provincial network of Safe School Contacts
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
Harassment and Intimidation
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
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
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.