NCAB Conference 2014

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NCAB's sixth biennial conference was held on 6-7 August 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The conference brought together academics, policymakers, practitioners, educators, principals, leadership teams and young people from around the world, to explore how bullying affects people of all ages and to share the latest research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyber bullying.

Read the 2014 Conference outcomes here.

Keynote speaker presentations

Dr Justin W. Patchin PhD, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA

Dr Kevin Runions, Assistant Professor, Education Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr Sonia Sharp, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria and Leader of the Early Childhood and School Education Group, Victorian Government

Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching, Macquarie University

Dr Justin Patchin NCAB Presentation

Dr Kevin Runions NCAB Presentation

Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett NCAB Presentation

NCAB 2014 Conference Program

Other speakers

The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

Clem Newton-Brown, Parliamentary Secretary for Education

The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying

Conference photos
NCAB 2014

Understandings that underpin our work

1. All bullying, including cyber bullying, is a relationship problem requiring relationship solutions.

2. Positive values and relationships are at the core of safe, supportive and inclusive environments.

3. Bullying including cyber bullying is to be taken seriously and is considered to be a form of abuse with potentially long-term consequences.

4. Bullying, including cyber bullying, occurs within the context of group dynamics - all individuals and groups have the potential to bully others or to be bullied.

5. It is expected that all presenters use 'people-first' language throughout this conference - e.g. 'people who bully' or 'targets of bullying' - and that people and groups are not vilified or labelled (by use of the terms 'bully' or 'victim').

6. Bullying, including cyber bullying, needs to be distinguished from conflict and violence as the strategies required are different.

7. A whole-of-organisation approach, specifically addressing bullying and cyber bullying, is essential. It must involve solution-focused and relationship-based processes and key stakeholders from the organisation and wider community.

8. Effective whole-of-organisation approaches always include procedures and programs for:

  • preventing bullying including cyber bullying
  • intervening early, and
  • responding effectively to incident.


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