Anti-bullying activities at Vocational College and Adult Institute, Stadin AO

We do not accept bullying in our vocational colleges. We work in various ways to prevent and intervene in bullying.

Everyone should have a safe environment to grow up and learn in. We do not accept bullying and we will intervene in it.  

We work at Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute (Stadin AO) actively and in many ways to prevent bullying. Every school and educational institution has procedures for crisis and bullying situations. We have compiled these procedures into a Stadin AO anti-bullying programme that includes 13 measures. You can read about them below.

1. A positive school culture prevents bullying

We monitor the students’ everyday life and management at Stadin AO through the school health survey and the wellbeing profile. We use the results to prevent and intervene in bullying.

We practise emotional skills and interaction skills regularly. We use reliable and researched materials from organisations and universities in our teaching. We maintain the competencies of teachers and other professionals.

We make the rules for each group together. They help us prevent and identify bullying and support interventions if problems arise.

We support the students’ grouping regularly, which reinforces the sense of unity. We have the students work in groups throughout the school year: especially when a new group comes together, students move to a new group and when a new student joins a group.

Our student welfare staff hold discussion sessions for new students in small groups. The sessions are about mental health and things that can harm it, such as bullying.

We develop student mentor activities by training instructors and student mentors in anti-bullying work in cooperation with the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and Folkhälsan. 

Even though the adults at a school are responsible for intervening in bullying, students are needed to contribute to community spirit and a safe atmosphere and to uphold anti-bullying norms. 

The student mentor activities play a role in anti-bullying work in terms of preventing, identifying and intervening in bullying and supporting the victims.

2. Identifying and intervening in bullying

We intervene in bullying systematically. We investigate cases of bullying and record a report in a template on Wilma.

Bullying can also be hidden and occur on social media, for example. Not a single bullying incident should stay hidden. Students can also use an online reporting form to report bullying. You can submit the report anonymously or in your own name.

We use restorative relationship methods in conflicts at Stadin AO. A restorative approach is about interacting, listening, restoring relationships and supporting social skills. Our school social workers and some of our psychologists are trained to use these methods.

Putting a stop to prolonged bullying requires all available help. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help with a problem. An external party can look at the situation as a whole. This is called the B-0 method, which is implemented at Stadin AO as necessary. The B-0 method has been developed by the Children of the Station organisation.

If necessary, we involve external operators from outside Stadin AO in our work. Such operators may include the youth services, the third sector, Child Welfare or the police.

3. Support for recovery

Sometimes more extensive support is needed. In this case, the student being bullied can name a safe person who can help and support them moving forward.

Peer groups offer an opportunity to share your experiences with others who have gone through the same. We offer information about the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare’s peer groups for children and young people who have experienced bullying and their guardians.