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Not evaluated for Primary social and emotional
Not evaluated for Secondary social and emotional

Intervention description

KiVa is a school-based anti-bullying programme. Originally developed at the University of Turku in Finland, it aims to reduce the prevalence of bullying by changing the behaviour of pupils who are ‘onlookers’ so that they support victims and report bullying rather than reinforcing or ignoring the incidents. KiVa uses both ‘universal’ and ‘indicated’ actions. Universal actions are taken on a whole-school level and include an annual online survey for pupils, whole-school activities, class lessons, online games and materials and a website for parents. Schools also signal their commitment to KiVa by giving ‘KiVa vests’ to teachers supervising at break times, and by displaying KiVa posters. Indicated actions occur when cases of bullying come to light, and can include ‘KiVa team’ discussions involving the victim and bullying children, as well as whole-class discussions. KiVa is widely used in Finland and other countries, and is now being brought to the UK by the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention in Wales.

Staffing requirements

A KIVa team will typically comprise of teachers and associated staff such as school counsellors and educational psychologists - to deal with incidents of bullying.

Professional development/training

Staff at the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention in Wales are accredited KiVa trainers and offer a two-day training course for school staff.

Evidence Summary

KiVa has not been included in any systematic reviews into the effectiveness of educational programmes.


Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention (CEBEI)

Key stages

  • Early Years
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Post 16


£600 per school for training (1 or 2 participants) and materials

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