Over 150 participants from 48 organizations participated in the ETFO Workplace Violence Symposium on December 2-3, 2019 in Toronto. The Symposium offered an opportunity to:
- share expertise and experience through networking, presentations and facilitated discussion groups;
- take stock of the progress and the barriers in workplace violence prevention; and
- identify the key actions that are needed for our schools to be safer and healthier places to learn and to work.
Workplace violence in our schools remains a significant and leading concern. Research and experience shows that the severity and frequency of workplace violence injuries among workers in the education sector is increasing.
Much of the concerns about workplace violence are focused on preventing and dealing with highrisk student behaviours. These behaviours make it challenging to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for students and staff in school communities.
The Symposium brought together education partners to collaborate on opportunities for addressing workplace violence.
Use the links on the right for more information from each presenter or please click here to download a printable pdf.
DR. CHRISTINE BRUCKERT & DR. DARCY SANTOR, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Facing the Facts: The Escalating Crisis of Violence Against Elementary School Educators in Ontario (2019). Read a summary and access the full report. https://media.uottawa.ca/news/teachers-frontlines
ANNE KIDDER, PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION
Find resources about People for Education’s work in research and policy. https://peopleforeducation.ca/
PANEL OF EXPERTS: CHRIS BROADBENT, JANICE MCCOY & LEE-ANNE FELTHAM Access key resources about the Joint Health and Safety Committee through this link on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s website. https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/
The Road Map to Reporting Workplace Violence in Ontario School Boards. A Training Resource for Principals and Staff (Ministry of Education, 2019)
Access the Roadmap training resource through this link on the Ministry of Education’s website.
To access both the Roadmap training resource and the supporting PowerPoint with speaker notes, follow these steps:
* On the Ministry of Education’s website, go to B Memos: 2019.
* Scroll down to find B13, dated April 9, 2019.
* Select hyperlinks for both items provided – the report and the PowerPoint.
DR. PETER SMITH, INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND HEALTH
Gender differences in injuries attributed to workplace violence in Ontario 2002 – 2015 (2018).
Read a summary and access the full report https://www.iwh.on.ca/newsletters/at-work/96/workplace-violence-against-women-rising-driven-by-growing-rates-in-education-sector
CHRISTINE PREECE, ST. CLAIR CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
Read more about the work of the Ontario Health Schools Coalition.