Teachers support the increased safety and well-being of children and youth

November 14, 2013
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is encouraged by the emphasis placed on supports that will increase the safety and well-being of children and youth as expressed in the government’s release of Saskatchewan’s Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying. The Federation welcomes the report’s recognition of: the complexity of the causes of bullying; the role of the whole community in addressing this issue; the need for further engagement with students, teachers and other members of the community; and the requirement of supports for students, teachers and members of the community to address bullying and cyberbullying. In addition, the Federation agrees with the report’s focus on restorative action and prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.

“Every child has the right to be safe and protected from all forms of physical, emotional and psychological harm while in the care of parents, caregivers, governments or any person,” said Gwen Dueck, executive director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. “Addressing bullying requires restorative strategies, solutions and actions by the whole community. All of us, teachers, parents, school boards, community members and the government need to model respectful behaviour. Together with students, we need to be working to develop understandings and a plan for making schools and communities safe places to grow and learn,” Dueck said. “Teachers welcome the opportunity for further engagement in this plan and acknowledge the government’s recognition that supports are needed to create safe learning environments.”

Saskatchewan teachers commend the government for acknowledging that reduction and prevention of bullying and cyberbullying will require collaboration and long-term commitment