About The Project

Project Description

Children suffer a broad range of victimizations, which can be understood through some specific lines of inquiry. Developmental victimology proposes that crimes against children have particular effects in victims considering their status as individual in development. Relevant research into the incidence of victimization among young people indicates that a substantial proportion of children may be exposed to multiple forms of victimization (Turner, Finkelhor, & Ormrod, 2010). This evidence base points to a highly victimized group of children (i.e., “poly-victims”), within which reports of serious detrimental consequences in their well-being are prevalent (Álvarez Lister, Pereda, Abad, & Guilera, 2014).

SAVE’s main aim is to develop the requisite competencies in school staff members to ensure that they are adequately equipped to support and protect child and adolescent victims of violence. The primary project objective is to assist this group of vulnerable students to perform successfully within the school environment, not solely in academic terms, but also in relation to ameliorating their self-regulatory capacities, interpersonal skills and emotional literacy.

In order to achieve this, the SAVE consortium will incorporate innovative methods and the exchange of good practices among four European countries into the creation of a five module, online training programme. The training materials will address different types of child and adolescent victimization: bullying and cyberbullying, child emotional and physical maltreatment, child sexual abuse, and trauma due to war conflicts, and will also include a module specifically designed to assist staff in cultivating resilience among affected young people.

The SAVE project teams anticipates that the project will help to increase the feeling of safety at school, which should assist vulnerable students in dealing with their emotional distress via healthier and more productive means. The project will also increase detection and reporting of children and adolescents at risk in order to provide them with support as soon as possible, preventing chronic violence.

Project Objectives

Enhancing Collaboration

To enhance the collaboration between related organisations across Europe with a view to harnessing and adapting international best practice for the purpose of stimulating local growth and development.

Equip with Skills

To equip young people who have been subject to violence with a range of coping skills designed to enhance their skills in the areas of resilience, interpersonal relations and emotional literacy.

Building Teacher Capacities

To build the self-efficacy and capacities of teachers and school staff members across Europe, in relation to supporting students who have been victims of violence.

Improve Academic Outcomes

To improve behavioural and academic outcomes (improved classroom conduct, more consistent school attendance, improved academic achievement, reduce dropout rates) among students who have been victims of violence.