ETFO 2019 Workplace Violence Symposium​

This Summary Report for the ETFO Workplace Violence Symposium is an ETFO resource to support the collaborative work of making violence in schools a leading priority for action.

The ETFO Workplace Violence Symposium took place in Toronto on December 2, 3, 2019.  In addition to ETFO provincial and ETFO local representation, there were 46 organizations represented at the Symposium, including federal and provincial federations and unions; school boards; provincial government; workplace health and safety; children and youth mental health; and media. There were 160 registrants.

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In his opening address, President Hammond spoke to the need for strategic and collaborative partnerships within and beyond the education sector to address workplace violence in our school communities.

The Symposium program provided an opportunity for diverse organizations to share expertise about violence in school communities; to take stock of progress and barriers in prevention; and to identify the key actions that are needed for our schools to be safer and healthier places to learn and to work. A summary report is being written and will be posted here in January 2020.

Symposium Program

The ETFO Workplace Violence Symposium took place in Toronto on December 2, 3, 2019.

Participating Organizations

Forty-nine organizations were represented, including federal and provincial federations and unions; school boards; provincial government; workplace health and safety; children and youth mental health; and media.

The Top Twenty in 2018

The Top Twenty in 2018 – Ontario jobs with the highest lost time injuries from workplace violence.

Symposium Presentations

Dr. Christine Bruckert &
Dr. Darcy Santor

University of Ottawa

Facing the Facts: The escalating crisis of violence against elementary school educators in Ontario.

Annie Kidder

People for Education

What are the resources and supports that students need to thrive – now, and into the future?

Chris Broadbent, Janice McCoy &
Lee-Anne Feltham

Panel of Experts

The reporting processes that contribute to the prevention and control of violent incidents.

Access resource, PowerPoint and PP Notes for The Road Map to Reporting Workplace Violence in Ontario School Boards. A Training Resource for Principals and Staff (Ministry of Education, 2019)

Dr. Peter Smith

Institute for Work And Health

Gender differences in injuries attributed to workplace violence in Ontario 2002 – 2015 (2018).

Christine Preece

St. Clair Catholic District School Board

The benefits of stronger and more effective links between education and health partners.

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