SC Bullying Prevention Initiative

SCASA, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Clemson University are partners in the comprehensive statewide South Carolina Bullying Prevention Initiative.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects students’ health, the school climate, academic achievement, and school liability.

What is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)?

The Olweus Program is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.  OBPP has over 35 years of research and successful implementation all over the world. Many schools that have used the program have seen reductions in bullying behavior by 20-70 percent.

What Are the Goals of OBPP?
  • To reduce existing bullying problems among students.
  • To prevent the development of new bullying problems.
  • To achieve better peer relations at school.

What Grade Levels are the OBPP Designed For?
OBPP is designed for students in elementary, middle and high schools (students age five to eighteen years old).  All students participate in the universal aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as students being bullied, receive additional individualized interventions.

What are the OBPP Program Components?
OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, school social workers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.  The OBPP addresses the problems of bullying at multiple levels.

School-level Components
  1. Establish a Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee (BPCC)
  2. Conduct committee and staff trainings
  3. Administer the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ)
  4. Hold staff discussion groups
  5. Introduce the school rules against bullying
  6. Refine the school's supervisory system
  7. Hold a school kick-off event
  8. Involved parents
Classroom-level Components
  1. Post and enforce school-wide rules against bullying
  2. Hold regular class meetings
  3. Hold meetings with students' parents
Individual-level Components
  1. Supervise students' activities
  2. Ensure that all staff intervene on-the-spot when bullying occurs
  3. Hold meetings with students involved in bullying
  4. Hold meetings with parents of involved students
  5. Develop individual intervention plans for involved students
Community-level Components
  1. Involve community members on the BPCC
  2. Develop partnerships to support your program
  3. Help spread anti-bullying messages and best practices throughout the community

Is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program a Nationally Recognized Program?
One of the best ways to address bullying prevention in schools is to implement an evidence-based bullying prevention program.  Evidence-based means the program has gone through rigorous evaluations effectively demonstrating that the program results in positive outcomes.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including:
  • Listed as a Promising Program on the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Registry of Evidence-based Positive Youth Development Programs
  • "Blueprints Certified:  Meeting the highest standards of evidence through independent review by the nation's top scientists."
  • In May 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report, Preventing Bullying through Science, Policy, and Practice.  The report emphasizes that "the most likely effective bullying prevention programs are whole school, multicomponent programs that combine elements of universal and targeted strategies."  They also noted that the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is "the most extensively studied bullying prevention program" of this type.  You can download a copy of the report at:
  • In a meta-analyses conducted by Ttofi & Farrington (2008, 2009, 2011) that is widely recognized as the most comprehensive and rigorous meta-analyses on bullying prevention programs found that whole-school programs can be successful in reducing bullying but there are great variations in the effects of different programs. Researchers concluded that that programs “inspired by the work of Dan Olweus worked best” (Ttofi et al., 2008, p. 69) and that future efforts should be “grounded in the successful Olweus programme” (p.72).  
How Can My School and District Become Trained? 
There are two options when considering OBPP training for your school and/or district. 
1. Locate an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant. 
    Click here for a listing of OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultants in South Carolina.  Trainer-Consultant rates will vary. All of our Trainer-Consultants are trained to guide your   
    school committees in their implementation of OBPP with fidelity.

2. Secure an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant within your district.
     If your district has more than three school buildings, you may find it more cost effective to have someone from your school district become an OBPP Certified Trainer-  
     Consultant. Information about Trainer-Consultant Certification costs and the application process are found on the OBPP Trainer Certification section at

What Does the Training Process Include? 
Training and ongoing technical assistance are offered for schools interested in implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and include:
A two-day training offered to members of a school's Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee (BPCC). Trainings are conducted by OBPP Certified Trainers-Consultants.
Ongoing telephone consultation for at least one full school year (18-24 months preferred) with an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant.For More Information about Training
If you have any questions, difficulty in finding a trainer for your school, or are interested in hosting a Trainer Certification Course in your area, please contact either June Jenkins ( or Jan Urbanski ( 
Olweus Documents and Order Form
 What Materials are Needed to Implement the OBPP?
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the leading publisher of evidence-based prevention programs and the exclusive publisher of the OBPP. An electronic subscription of all the materials plus the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire are available.  Your Olweus Trainer-Consultant can advise you on appropriate materials to purchase.  Find a SC Trainer-Consultant by clicking here.[JJ1] 
Visit Program Materials at for prices or visit the SCASA online Bullying Prevention Initiative Store. 
SCASA Olweus Bullying Prevention Order Form - Order Olweus Bullying Prevention Materials with this SCASA Hazelden order form  or go to the online SCASA Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore.
SC Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore