Safe and Caring Schools

Educators and Schools

Research and Reference

Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning provides a frame for a whole-school approach, based on comprehensive school health, to planning for safety and belonging. This planning process is based on current research and evidence-based practices in planning for and sustaining positive, healthy, and safe schools. The model aligns with school planning systems already in use in Manitoba schools and school divisions.

Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning encourages a strengths-based approach that recognizes children’s and youth’s resiliency. This involves teaching skills for healthy relationships, supporting protective factors that build strength and well-being, and solution-focused problem-solving to restore a sense of safety and belonging in resolving issues of concern.

For more information on legislation and links to support documents see Safe and Inclusive Schools Legislation and Links and Documents.

In addition to the Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning support documents, this section provides links to research summaries and resources for educators.

Research Summaries:

Bullying Prevention: The Nature and Extent of Bullying in Canada, Public Safety Canada

Resource Links:
  • Respect in School - An online bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination prevention training tool, developed for school staff and any individuals who interact with students such as parent volunteers.
  • Bullying No Way! Debra Pepler is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto, Canada) and a Senior Associate Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and has contributed to this resource for students, teachers and schools for Australian Schools.
  • The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians through public awareness activities, personal safety education program programs (Kids in the Know), a national tip-line to report online sexual abuse of children (CyberTip), a program to help organizations prevent child sexual abuse (Commit to Kids), and the new national missing children services program.
  • The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) is a national, not-for-profit, registered charitable organization with a mandate to reduce youth violence and make schools and communities safer. Resources for educators are provided.
  • Egale Canada is Canada's 2SLGBTQI human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.
  • Media Smarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996.
  • PREVNet is a national network of Canadian researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments committed to stop bullying.
  • Canadian Red Cross Respect Education – is a national evidence-based prevention program that offers a whole-school approach to preventing or reducing bullying and dating violence. The program includes lesson plans for teachers that align with provincial curriculum outcomes. In addition, students are trained and certified to facilitate experiential activities, lead school-wide initiatives and provide support to younger students. These students become leaders and role models of positive and respectful behaviours, making healthy relationships the norm rather than the exception in a school.
  • Facing History & Ourselves - Explore resources around identity, group membership, and the impact of stereotyping, and learn about communities that have made a positive difference.
  • Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention – What is cyberbullying? How common is it? And what can teachers do about it? Get advice and resources to support your students.
  • The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to help children deal with bullying and peer victimization and to encourage adults to respond to children's requests for help

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Manitoba Education is pleased to present the Kids Help Phone poster you’re not alone—We’re here to help with anything 24/7/365 as part of a comprehensive plan designed to help protect students and create a safe, inclusive environment. This poster will provide Kids Help Phone contact information to middle and senior years students who need help or support, including those who have been a target or a witness of bullying behavior.


  • The MEHRIT Centre: Self-Reg for Educators - resources for educators.
  • Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) Presentations are available for schools across Winnipeg on topics related to crime prevention and safety awareness.
  • Kids in the Know – a Canadian Centre for Child Protections’ interactive safety education program designed for students from Kindergarten to High Schools.
  • Sources of Strength - Evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
  • Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS) - Get started with bullying prevention with these online resources.
  • Kimochis -School-based, social and emotional learning programs designed to give children the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) - School-wide and classroom social-emotional learning (SEL) create caring learning environments that involve all students in learning and practicing social, emotional, and academic competencies.