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Friendly schools: a whole-school intervention to reduce bullying

School bullying seriously affects young people’s social, physical and psychological well-being as well as their academic achievement.  Increasingly, evidence suggests whole-school (universal) interventions are the most effective, non-stigmatizing means to reduce bullying. These programmes encourage the active participation of parents, students, teachers and the wider school community, to plan, implement and evaluate school policies, procedures, teaching and learning and professional development (Cross et al, 2003).