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Closing of ENABLE

ENABLE (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) is an EU co-funded anti-bullying project seeking to promote young people’s well-being (aged 11-14) and fight bullying, both on- and offline. Along with partners in Belgium, United Kingdom, Croatia, and Greece, Centre for Digital Youth Care (Denmark) has been a founding, and active, partner of ENABLE, running from october 2014 until september 2016.

Well-being among young people

Working to tackle bullying and promote young people’s well-being, ENABLE has overall aimed to:

  • Foster young people’s socio-emotional development
  • Increase their awareness of their own behaviour in relation to others
  • Offer youth better channels of support

 
More specifically, ENABLE has assumed a holistic approach, producing resources for e.g. schools, such as SEL modules (Social and Emotional Learning), peer-support programs, online courses for teachers and parents, and training modules for professionals working with children and young people.

CfDP’s role in ENABLE

With our online youth counselling, Cyberhus, which is Danish helpline and part of the Insafe network, CfDP has mainly acted as a rolemodel to other helplines across Europe, and facilitated teaching webinars on ENABLE’s opportunities as well as our own use of the ENABLE concept. As consortium partner, we have collaborated on implementing ENABLE and been responsible for the Danish communication of the project.

Anti-bullying campaign

During the ENABLE project, Cyberhus dealt with the issue of bullying in a digital anti-bullying campaign. Cyberhus’ group chat operated as focal point in our dialogue with young people, and we based the topics of the group chat on ENABLE’s SEL modules. We had a good dialogue with our young people in which we especially focused on how bullying may be tackled by joint forces of both parents, youth, and professionals working with youth.

Facts & results

As a starting point, the goal of ENABLE was to roll out the program in 35 schools and reach 5,000 young people. In total, ENABLE has reached 15,738 pupils and 541 teachers in 119 schools, and has trained 300 peer supporters in the United Kingdom, Greece, and Croatia. In Denmark (CfDP), we mainly focused on training other helplines across Europe and reaching the more vulnerable young people. In total, we reached an estimated 4,000 young people.

Evaluation in partner countries

Comparing pre-assessment and post-assessment findings, United Kingdom, Greece, and Croatia found that the ENABLE approach and SEL modules used in schools are valuable in regards to promoting well-being in students, e.g.: pupils show better control of behaviour/ problem-solving with others, and are more likely to report bullying.

The website of ENABLE contains a number of resources for both teachers, parents/caretakers, and peer supporters.
 

Consortium partners of ENABLE

ENABLE Consortium partners @ the ENABLE 2 ACT conference

ENABLE 2 ACT conference

Recently, CfDP participated in ENABLE’s closing conference in Zagreb, 21-22 September, hosting 130 participants, both professionals, teachers, and young people from 19 different countries. In addition to speakings and panel discussions, the conference hosted an Exploratarium where participants would submit ideas and suggestions, through art and video, on how to tackle bullying. Also, the ENABLE challenge invited participants to submit their own anti-bullying ideas, and a World Café session gathered all participants in different teams, each having to present a roadmap on how to deal with certain themes, e.g., hate speech and development of empathy.

World Café session

World Café session, CfDP/Cyberhus team

Closing of ENABLE, however…

The ENABLE project has officially come to a close, but as Janice Richardson (ENABLE project manager, European Schoolnet) and the ENABLE team appropriately state:

“Although this update marks the end of the EC-co-funded ENABLE project, the consortium partners consider it just the start of an ongoing drive to promote the development of social and emotinoal skills of young people within a holistic approach […]”

As mentioned, interplay between parents, youth, and their surrounding environment/professionals makes a solid foundation for dealing with bullying. At CfDP and Cyberhus, we will make a continued effort to focus on bullying and give young people the opportunity to enter into dialogue, reflect and adopt their own positions.

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