Strengthening Our Connections:

The effects of bullying behaviours have long been documented. It is important that schools respond effectively to incidents of bullying while also actively promoting healthy relationships and developing students’ social and emotional skills.

Peer Support Australia recognises that all members of the school community can play a role in reducing the incidence of harmful behaviours. Building on student’s capacity to prevent and respond to bullying and drawing on positive psychology principles such as fostering strengths, gratitude, respect and kindness in students helps develop protective factors and strengthens relationships across the school.

Strengthening Our Connections promotes a strengths based approach to reduce harmful behaviours and increase strategies to strengthen and repair relationships.

Strengthening Our Connections

Strengthening Our Connections focuses on:

  • fostering individual strengths
  • enhancing social and emotional skills
  • contributing to a positive school
  • defining bullying and other harmful behaviours
  • developing strategies to respond to bullying and other harmful behaviours
  • encouraging reporting and effective intervention
  • staying safe online.

It is assumed that this module is not stand-alone in promoting pro-social behaviours or addressing bullying behaviours. This module is designed to support the review and development of active policies, procedures and initiatives put in place by individual schools. It is only with a coordinated and collaborative approach that safe and positive environments can be created to benefit everyone.

Please note:
Secondary schools looking to implement Peer Support Program Modules for the first time require:

  • current school membership
  • the Secondary Manual
  • a secondary Module
  • a school representative to be trained at an Implementation Workshop within the last five years.

If you are unsure if your school meets these requirements, please contact us on 1300 579 963.