Safe Schools

The Centre in partnership with the Centre for Prevention Science and local school boards has created a number of resources to assist educators in creating safe schools and promoting healthy, non-violent relationships among youth.


Cover page for Safe Schools. Administrator's Resource. Displays two children.

Sustainable Strategies for Safe Schools PDF

Safe Schools CD Material

To order copies of the Sustainable Strategies for Safe School manual please e-mail Anna-Lee Straatman

Text Cover for Creating Safe School Environment. Two children going to school, tree in background.

Creating Safe School Environments: From Small Steps to Sustainable Change
Published by Althouse Press

This book provides comprehensive and practical guides needed for coordinated and sustained effort to ensure our schools are safe so that all children can learn.  This book primarily written for principals who leadership and procedures that sustain a positive school climate and prevent bullying and violence.

Critical Media Literacy
This resource addresses violence in the media and includes integrated lesson plans for elementary and secondary teachers that are designed to enhance the critical literacy skills of students. (Edition 1 and Edition 2 now available via this link)

Pease be advised that the notice On Page 4 of the Grade 2/3 curriculum for Critical Media Literacy, should state, "Teachers need to check with their local school Board for licensing agreements and public performance rights before showing any video or movie."

Safe and Accepting Schools

This project has been funded by the Ministry of Education. The TVDSB Toolkit is the first phase of the project. The next phase involves broadening the toolkit to include approaches from all systems. We invite contributions and feedback from the field.
This toolkit contains all the information you will need to lead a program for your school to develop a safe, inclusive and accepting environment for all learners, based on 12 years of experience and education in practice since the Safe Schools Act came into effect across Ontario. View it on the site, or download a PDF copy of the toolkit to print and use wherever and whenever you need it. Check out the bonus video footage in each chapter.

Who needs this toolkit
This resource is for school leaders of all kinds. If you're a principal, an administrator, a department leader, or a member of an action team, this toolkit is for you. It's written in plain language and is applicable for all.

Where did it come from?
Based on the approaches, experience and knowledge of the Thames Valley District School Board and its community partners, this toolkit has been made possible with additional support from the Ontario Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The Fourth R

The Centre is a collaborator and partner on the Fourth R education program which focuses on healthy relationships and dating violence prevention. For more information see