Research and background
Under the leadership of Professor Jan Kampmann, a group of researchers from Roskilde University have monitored the pilot phase of Free of Bullying in Denmark.
Follow-up research has shown very positive results, including the following:
- Effective anti-bullying tools and the visible involvement of adults play an all-important role in combatting bullying.
- The children are significantly better at tackling teasing and bullying at schools and institutions that are intensively involved in the Free of Bullying programme.
- The adults play an essential role in building healthy children’s communities free of bullying.
On the initiative of Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Denmark, The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark launched the Free of Bullying anti-bullying programme in 2007.
The project has since become a well-integrated part of life for children in Denmark, where it is currently being used in one in every three preschools and one in every four primary schools.
Free of Bullying was inspired by the Australian programme “Better Buddies”, which was developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in Australia.
The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark are equal partners in the programme. The former is responsible for overall project management and coordination, while the latter – in addition to taking part in project management – provides valuable expertise on bullying and childhood development.
Roskilde University's research on the "Free from bullying" project
Free from Bullying - 1st report
Free from Bullying - 2nd report
Free from Bullying - 3rd report
Free from Bullying - 4th report
Free from Bullying - 5th report
Free from Bullying - 6th report
Free from Bullying - 7th report
This paper looks into professional educators’ experiences of using the Free from Bullying materials, among other concerns. It should be seen as follow-up to previously published reports, which also document, discuss and put into perspective the preliminary results of the two-year pilot project. It is built on a questionnaire survey among parents and staff in participant preschools and schools.
Free from Bullying - 8th report
- Lars Stilling Netteberg
- Program manager, Save the Children Denmark
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