According to a 2005 WHO report and numerous scientific studies, children and young people who experience peer-on-peer abuse are at major risk of emotional disorders, health problems, and social exclusion. The Mazowieckie voivodship has one of the highest school violence rates – almost 12% of children have experienced cruelty regularly (Violence-free School comparative study of regions 2012). Despite this high rate, no program to protect children who experience abuse has yet been devised in Mazowieckie voivodship.
The main objective of this project is to provide support and psychological aid for children in the Mazowieckie voivodship who experience peer-on-peer abuse.
We will organize: ten seminars for specialists working in primary schools, psychological and pedagogic advice centers, and in other institutions that support schools, and for Parent Councils one-on-one counselling for children and parents (one-on-one help programs for children), ten training sessions for professionals in the Mazowieckie voivodship on self-confidence coaching, and one-on-one support for children who experience peer-to-peer violence and their parents. We will also produce a handbook for children.
The project will increase awareness in the school community of the difficult situation of children who experience cruelty (300 participants in seminars), provide direct psychological support for 150 children who experience violence and their parents, and increase the competencies of 180 school education staff and psychologists.