In my last post (see post) I looked into the initiatives being made in the Danish school system to prevent bullying. As we can see there have been implemented a lot of different initiatives the last couple of years. But even though the numbers on bullying are decreasing, unfortunately bullying still occurs. And therefore another question arises; what do the schools do when these proactive initiatives fail and bullying occurs afterall? The pupils experiencing bullying needs to be helped and guided.
As we see with the proactive initiatives being made in Denmark, Danish schools also have many different reactive initiatives. As already mentioned earlier I believe that Denmark for many years has had a broad and good reactive system, whenever students experienced being bullied – and for years even better then the proactive system. Some of the most known reactive authorities in Denmark are:
- “BørneTelefonen” – A telephone line for children having a hard time. Children can call anonymously and for free of charge and talk to special trained adults who listen and guide them.
- “ForældreTelefonen” – The same concept as “Børnetelefonen” but this line is for parents, who need advice on how to handle their children having a hard time.
- “BørneChatten” – Again the same concept as the “BørneTelefonen”, but instead this is a chatroom for children who have the need to talk to adults. This form of contact also works anonymously, which makes it easier for many children and teenagers to establish contact.
- AKT-lærere (stands for; Adfærd, Kontakt og Trivsel – best translated; teachers of behaviour, contact and well-being) – All schools have one or more special educated AKT-teachers who are trained to talk to, guide and handle pupils who are having a hard time in school – both in an academic and in a social matter. If neede the homeroom teacher recommed and arrange for the individual pupils to talk to the AKT-teacher either during class, in the break or after school. This is a tool used purely internal on the school, and it does not even (necessarily) cause to any kind of parent involvement. The AKT-teacher has student confidentiality and is not obliged to talk to the parents if not considered absolutely neccesary (but of course an AKT-teacher also has a duty to report if considered neccesary). When that is said a lot of AKT-teachers assess the school-parent teamwork important for the pupil and therefore often gets permission from the pupil to talk to the parents.
- Until some years ago all schools had an office for a school psychologist who pupils could set up a meeting with on the school area. But these offices have been removed from the individual schools to the municipalities and can now only be booked by the school directors. Normally that only happens when a pupil is about to get diagnosed – which I find too bad.
These are just a few of the many different reactive authorities aiming to help pupils getting bullied.
Another new and very important focus is language usage among pupils in the schools. This is something I will take a look at in my next post.