Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network
PREVNet is an umbrella network of 131 leading Canadian research scientists and 61 national youth-serving organizations. Launched in 2006 with the Networks of Centres of Excellence, PREVNet’s mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth. Created and led by Scientific Co-Directors, Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University, this national network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an unprecedented opportunity to change the way we understand and deal with bullying problems in this country.
Everyone who is involved in a child’s life, and every place where Canadian children and youth live, work and play, needs information about bullying problems and strategies to promote healthy relationships. Before PREVNet, there were a number of different bullying prevention activities in use at local, provincial and national levels, all of which operated in isolation without an evidence-based national platform for coordination and implementation. As a national network, PREVNet is now bringing together researchers and national organizations to enhance awareness, build research capacity, assess bullying problems and promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada.
PREVNet has three key messages:
Through PREVNet’s social innovation, we can improve Canada’s shamefully low World Health Organization ranking in bullying incidents (currently 26 out of 35 countries) and become world leaders in our approach to preventing bullying and promoting healthy relationships. We can empower national organizations through education and training, providing assessment and intervention strategies that are scientifically proven to work. We can decrease costs in health, education and justice programs and reduce crime in Canada by a substantial rate. We can promote healthy relationships, respect, social responsibility and citizenship in our children and youth.
Through PREVNet, we can create a world without bullying.