Course Features
Language: English
7 Days
Certificate of Completion

Programme summary

Primary prevention plays a very important role in ensuring safe and encouraging environment for children to develop their potentials. Strengthening values of non-violence and developing skills for dealing with violence and child abuse should be our priorities. Children spend a lot of their valuable time in kindergartens and schools. With primary prevention we can build protective factors in educational organisations. We can help them to stay safe and prevent harmful effects of violence and abuse, ensure healthy personal development and raise the quality of their lives. Effective primary prevention against violence is often listed as one of important factors for preventing early school leaving.


The course will equip participants with knowledge and skills for primary prevention against violence and child abuse. Participants will get familiar with different types of violence and child abuse. They will learn how to properly respond and address these issues. The focus of the seminar will be primary prevention with concrete information how to introduce topics of violence and child abuse in a positive and developmentally appropriate way to children. Children will learn how to adequately tackle unpleasant and possibly dangerous situations and be “safe, strong and free”. The primary prevention programme CAP will be presented with its concept of basic safety rights for children and self-protective strategies and skills.

Target groups

The seminar is designed for kindergarten, preschool, primary, and secondary school teachers and other professionals who work with young children (from 4 to 15 years old).

Programme day-by-day


Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.

DAY 2 and DAY 3

– Icebreakers, introduction to the course
– Introduction to the problem of violence and child abuse.

– Introduction to primary prevention programme for kindergartens, preschools and primary schools (CAP programme).

– Work in pairs and small groups for understanding the following characteristics: types of violence (bullying, domestic violence, child neglect, sexual abuse…), dynamic of violence, symptoms and consequences of violence and child abuse.

– Learning how to respond to the disclosure of violence/child abuse and how to offer help to child-victim of violence /abuse.


– Full day study visit to Slovenian school that is an example of good practice in the field of primary prevention and implementation of primary prevention programmes CAP (Child Assault Prevention).


– Implementation of primary prevention programmes in kindergarten, preschool and primary school.

– Practicing opening communication with a child in distress.

– Leading role-play workshops for teachers and parents.

– Offering supportive communication and suitable protection to children in distress.


– Strengthening protective factors of teachers – taking care of ourselves.

– Raising awareness of needs, listening to ourselves and practicing different self-care strategies.

– Key learning points, concluding remarks, feedback to the trainer using creativity technique.


– Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.

– Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

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  • 22. 03. – 28. 03.
    (CONFIRMED – open for registration)

  • 10. 01. – 16. 01.
    (open for pre-registration)

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Useful information about Prevention of violence course

Which competencies will you acquire in the “Prevention of violence and child abuse: How can teachers help” course?

“Prevention of violence and child abuse: How can teachers help?” course informs participants how to adequately address and tackle issues of violence and abuse of children. Some of the acquired competencies in the course are:

  • Understanding children’s perspective in the situations of violence and abuse.
  • Recognising and understanding types, signs, characteristics and consequences of violence and abuse.
  • Developing ability to identify children who experience violence and abuse.
  • Learning how to carry out activities in the field of primary prevention.
  • Practicing individual conversation and adequate response to child’s distress in difficult situations.
  • Empowering teachers & counsellors for dealing with children that experience of violence and abuse.
  • Establishing fruitful cooperation with parents and other institutions in cases of violence and abuse.
  • Transfer of best practice: Experience with primary prevention in Slovenian schools.

In what ways can you integrate competencies into work?

Primary prevention is important for ensuring healthy and safe environment for every individual. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups and it is important to carry out preventive activities with them, strengthen their capacities and ensure they will be able to cope with different life challenges and situations. The course doesn’t offer quick solutions. Instead it shows how to provide holistic and long term support and achieve better results step by step. You can apply newly acquired knowledge in the following areas:

  • Integration of newly gained knowledge and skills in everyday work with children.
  • Establishing teams in your organization to deal with problematic of violence and abuse.
  • Designing strategy for addressing issues of violence and abuse.
  • Implementing new activities for working with children who experience violence or abuse.
  • Implementing new initiatives for primary prevention in your organisation and in cooperation with other institutions.
  • Personal and professional development of teachers, counsellors and other professional workers who work with children in difficult situations.
  • Meeting colleagues of different nationalities and building fruitful networks for further collaboration.

Meet the trainers

Mateja Štirn


Mateja Štirn, M. Sc., is a psychologist and psychotherapist with many years of working experiences in fields of psychological counseling, trainings and psychoeducational work with groups and in the field of violence and child abuse prevention. She works in the Institute for psychological-counseling developmental projects (ISA Institute). Important part of her professional focus goes to the problem of psychological trauma, working with victims of traumatic events and to child abuse primary prevention. She has been the CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) project coordinator for Slovenia since 1998 and the head of the Strengthening Families Initiative for Slovenia since 2010. Important part of her professional and personal development are permanent trainings covering the basic areas of her professional interests. She finished the Integrative psychotherapy training and gained the integrative psychotherapist certificate.


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