in Europe

Shifting norms around violence in schools

A guide for trainers and facilitators working with children and young people

Vanessa Currie, Kathleen Manion and Laura Wright | Terre des hommes, Child Protection Hun, International Institute for Child Rights and Development | 99 pages

Violence against children is prevalent across the globe and visible in Europe and specifically in South Eastern Europe. Many children are reportedly exposed to violence more regularly in schools and homes. There are several factors contributing to violence against children in school, including gender-based violence. The socio-cultural norms, social exclusion, poverty, system gaps, lack of effective policies, capacities of teachers and students’ faith in the system are the major factors leading to violence against children in schools. 

The REVIS project - REsponding to VIolence against children in Schools and adjacent settings - has the goal to:

  • prevent, combat and respond to peer violence among children through transforming social and gender norms and behaviours;
  • create space for children to challenge social and gender norms that lead to peer violence;
  • and become social influencers to develop solutions to the problem.

Within the project, we developed a Guide for trainers and facilitators working with children and young people in schools and alternative education centres.

With the help of this Guide, you will take children and young people on a journey to explore social and gender norms around violence in their school and community, and engage them in activities to build on positive norms to address harmful norms related to violence against children.

The Guide is available for free, in five languages: English, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian and Bulgarian. And can be downloaded above. 

Learn more about the project and its activities here.

The project partners are Terre des hommes Regional Office in Budapest, Terre des hommes Romania, Brave Phone in Croatia, Centre for Youth Integration in Serbia, and Institute of Social Activities and Practices (SAPI) in Bulgaria. The REVIS project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014–2020).