What is the pHARe program against school bullying?

To fight against school bullying, the Ministry of Education has set up the pHARe programme. What is this prevention plan?

  What'est-ce que le programme pHARe contre le harcèlement scolaire ?

The school harassment is a scourge that affects one in ten students. In France, every year, 700,000 children are victims of bullying at school, and 90% of them ignore it. To put an end to this scourge, the Minister of Education Pap NDiaye has planned to extend the pHARE program to all schools and colleges from France from the start of the 2022 academic year. Pap Ndiaye also reaffirmed this at the start of the school year: one of his major ambitions at the head of the Ministry of Education is the fight against school bullying . 'IN a serious issue that sometimes has catastrophic consequences for students. It also undermines in the long term the self-confidence students and rots the school climate', he said , while presenting its action plan for this 2022-2023 school year, focused around the pHARE program.

What is the government's PHARE programme?

During his back-to-school press conference on August 26, 2022, the Minister of Education had already mentioned his mission to make school a place of equality and fulfillment, through the fight against school bullying. He had thus paid tribute to Jonathan Destin, an emblematic figure of this commitment. In this idea, in the same way as other international programs which have known a certain success (such as for example the Finnish program KiVa), pHARe is a program for the prevention of harassment which provides schools and educational establishments with a global intervention strategy.

What does the pHARe program provide?

The prevention plan against school bullying is built around eight themes, we can read on the national education website . It is thus:

  • Measuring school climate
  • Preventing bullying
  • Form a protective community of professionals and staff for students
  • Respond effectively to bullying situations
  • Involve parents and partners and communicate about the program
  • Mobilize the authorities of school democracy (CVC, CVL) and the committee of education to health, citizenship and the environment
  • Monitor the impact of these actions
  • Provide a platform dedicated to resources

'In close collaboration with the partners, the academies will support schools and establishments with a training plan to decline this ambition in the service of the well-being of students and respect for others', adds the ministry.

What to do in case of school bullying?

Facing a bullying situation is not always easy. Parents should know that a child who is the victim of school bullying will not dare or find it difficult to talk about what he is undergoing. It is therefore advisable for parents to approach the subject with sensitivity, without directly involving your child, to avoid that he feels singled out or embarrassed. In the event of school bullying, parents should first turn to a health professional. ' If your child is a victim of school bullying, it is best to take these steps within a medical framework by consulting a health professional who, in conjunction with the school doctor, will examine the child and determine his physical and psychological state. ', recommends Hélène Romano, psychologist. The doctor can then trigger the implementation of a Individualized Reception Project (PAI ), which will benefit the child who is in school. Following this consultation, the parents can then contact the head of their child's establishment to take stock and decide together on the measures to be taken for the well-being of the child.

What are useful contacts?

In cases of school bullying, families and the students themselves may need to be listened to and advised to find out what steps to take. It's legitimate and it helps. For this, the Ministry of National Education and Youth has set up a toll-free number, 3020 (line open from Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday). This number is intended to help victims of bullying and their loved ones. It is also used to report cases of harassment. Other resources may also be helpful:

Source journaldesfemmes.fr