The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) has been developed based on scientific studies of bullying and violence. Here are a few of the findings which make up the foundation of the program:
The larger scientific community agrees that
Bullying occurs less often in schools where the staff has
Based on the findings above and other well established scientific evidence, the OBPP has been developed. You will find descriptions of the specific components of the program here.
Allthough the OBPP is quite well specified, there is room for the individual school or municipality to adapt the content and format of many of the specified activities, providing that these changes do not conflict with the basic principles of the program.
The whole school must use the OBPP, it will not work well if only some classes or grade levels apply it. Establishing the OBPP takes time. One and a half year has been found to be the optimal time-frame for implementation in most cases. The entire school staff participates in the program.
The Olweus Student Survey is taken by the students prior to the start of the implementation, and on a yearly basis thereafter. The survey measures the level of bullying in the school as well as many other qualities of the social relationships between the students and between students and adults in the school and at home.
Following the implementation, the school faces major challenges of sustaining best practice in bullying prevention. The Olweus Quality Assurane System (OQAS) was been developed for that purpose. With small but focused investments of time, crucial activities are performed and documented. Certification may be obtained for schools who make it their ambition to comply with the olweus Standard.