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Newsletter #2 November 2017

Friends Report 2017

Every year when the children go back to school, Friends Report is released. In this year’s report, 43,337 children from preschool through grade nine in Sweden have answered questions on bullying and degrading treatment. One in four children state that they have been victimized by another student over the past year. The report also shows us that there are particularly vulnerable groups of children and young people for whom we need to provide extra support. The most common forms of harassment are related to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Children with disabilities are also at greater risk of being victimized.


Read the Friends Report here.

We are taking a Whole Community Approach against Bullying and Discrimination

Together with Örebro University and with financial support from the Stenbeck Foundation and the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Friends International Center has initiated a project aiming to develop and evaluate a unique systematic strategy to prevent bullying and discrimination based on best-known research. The project will combine a systematic strategy with the benefits that arise in taking a whole community approach in an entire municipality and integrate the work against bullying from preschool to upper secondary school. The schools’ unique preconditions and complexity creates a great demand for an effective multi-level school-based training program based on each school’s specific context. It also creates a demand for development of evaluation methods that analyzes the context at a specific school. The aims for the project is therefore also to gain a greater understanding of what prevents bullying and discrimination at different types of schools, in what context and under which circumstances.


Read more about the three-year long project here.

Friends Program on its’ second year in Lithuania

In 2016, Friends International Center and the Lithuanian children’s rights organization Child Line initiated a pilot project including the implementation of Friends Program in a Lithuanian school. The first year has now been accomplished, with surveys, planning meetings, lectures, and workshops completed, and the second year of the three-year long program is to begin.

“Our school is very lucky to have develop this cooperation with Friends and Child Line. Friends program perfectly respond to all the newest legislative amendments in Lithuania related to violence and bullying prevention in institutions of education. Now we know what we can do to make our school environment safer.”, says Birutė Rudzinskienė, headmaster of the pilot school Sausio 13-oji.

Friends Colorado continues with two more sports clubs

Since 2015, Friends Colorado has been implementing the Friends Program in the state of Colorado, USA. This autumn Friends Colorado has started up Friends Program in two additional hockey clubs, Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club and Fraser Valley Hockey Association. These two sports clubs are the first ones to commit to the program after the pilot period, and our American colleagues are very much looking forward to meet with athletes and leaders!


Follow Friends Colorado on Facebook and visit our webpage.

FICAB in Turkey

In mid-October, Jacob and Frida from FICAB’s international secretary gave lectures and participated in roundtables in Turkey for the opening of the “No bullying at schools” campaign. The first day in Ankara was arranged within the “Strong with Children" Project and the "Young Voices" Project for the Partnership Network to Prevent Violence against Children, Turkey and included representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Education and their ombudsman. The second day took place at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul and focused on student participation. The Swedish General Consulate together with Istanbul Bigli University arranged the events.

Relive WABF 2017

On FICAB’s YouTube channel you can see almost all of the 40 hours filmed from the World Anti-Bullying Forum. One of the latest posted videos is the panel discussion with Elizabeth Payne Phd, Professor Jessica Ringrose, Professor Dan Olweus, Professor Christina Salmivalli, Professor Peter Smith and Professor Dorothy L. Espelage. See this multidisciplinary dialogue and many other key notes, paper sessions and workshops at Friends International Center Against Bullying's YouTube channel.

Stay tuned!

We have started to prepare for the next World Anti-Bullying Forum. In the upcoming newsletter, you will find out more on when and where it will take place!


The upcoming newsletter will also contain information on the release of the study on the correlation between bullying and grades, a collaboration project with Örebro University in Sweden.

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