ENABLE (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) is an EU-funded project to combat bullying and contribute to the wellbeing of young people through their social and emotional development. ENABLE is the first pan-European collaboration between public agencies and businesses to combat bullying.

ENABLE will conduct research into bullying activity, provide resources for schools and organise peer-mentoring schemes. ENABLE will be implemented in a half dozen countries across Europe, rolled out to 6,000 young people ages 11-14 years, 2,000 parents and at least 30 schools.

ENABLE will be implemented by six core partners based in five different countries across the European Union: the Centre for Digitale Paedagogik (Denmark); the Princess Diana Awards (UK); the South West Grid for Learning (UK); Partners in Learning (Croatia), and for Adolescent Health (Greece). It is coordinated by European Schoolnet, a not-for profit consortium of 31 Ministries of Education.

The two-year project is built around three axes:

  1. Fostering socio-emotional development of young people, by increasing their empathy and self-esteem through social and emotional learning modules that can be integrated into the curriculum. Teachers and parents will be trained through online courses and in national and European communities of practice;
  2. Enhancing young people’s self-awareness, and their ability to objectively reflect on their behaviour and how their actions impact on others (i.e. meta-cognition) using self-monitoring techniques, such as daily logs and peer reviewing of their own photo/video productions;
  3. Providing better routes to help for young people through a training module for professionals working with children/young people, policy-making support for schools in dealing with issues that often occur or are initiated outside the school context, and innovative digital tools to reduce the impact of bullying incidents. Training and peer support for parents will ensure a 360 degree approach.
Young people are at the heart of the process through skills- and attitude-building and peer advocacy. Project partners will work with teachers, school psychologists and national helplines (child protection, internet safety etc.) to define high-risk environments, vulnerable profiles and successful interventions to address bullying. Two surveys will be conducted in the course of the project and the resulting data analysed to highlight factors underlying bullying. Building on this, ENABLE will create and aggregate awareness raising tools and activities to increase young people’s understanding of what bullying is, its negative impacts and their role in countering it.
Beneficiaries and targets:
  • Children aged 11-14 (direct 4000 including 1000 ‘at risk’, indirect: more than 6 million)
  • Parents (direct: 7000, indirect: more than 10 million)
  • Schools (direct: 30, indirect: 200 000)
  • Teachers (direct: 1500, indirect: 2 million)
  • Actors working with teachers (direct: 30, indirect: 300 000)
  • Ministries of Education (indirect: 31)
  • Industry, social media, developers (indirect: 35).
ENABLE will be advised by a Think Tank of up to 10 leading experts from public and private sectors. Members (7 fixed and 3 ‘rotating’ guests) will also act as anti-bullying ambassadors and raise awareness on the problem within the wide public.
The expected results are reduced levels of bullying in schools, raised awareness in stakeholders of effective solutions to bullying, improved availability of resources for young people, and models for effective peer to peer advocacy for children, teachers and parents.
Project website: http://enable.eun.org
On Twitter: #ENABLEeu
Key outputs:
  • A systematic review of anti-bullying methodologies available on structured data sheets under open licence
  • An accessible book on bullying and anti-bullying methodologies
  • Lesson plans and modules, applying social and emotional learning methodology, easily integrated into school curricula
  • Peer training resources and courses for pupils and parents
  • Adaptable courses and peer training for teachers, school staff, young people
  • Training sessions specifically for parents
  • Training material and training for helplines and school psychologists
  • Innovative on- and offline applications for youth to reflect on and counter bullying

Dissemination and awareness raising activities include international conferences, workshops for teachers, trainee teachers, parents and young people, partners’ active communication channels, including social media, and tailored media campaigns.

Read the press release published on 30/10/2014

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