Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv)

SWAPv is dedicated to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people′s lives focusing on promoting mental health and preventing violence in educational settings.

We welcome visiting scholars, students with an interest in undertaking research projects and invitations for potential partnership research and evaluation projects.

Directors of the Centre

Contact Phillip and Grace to discuss opportunities to work with us.

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Research spotlight

Inaugural SWAPv Award

in recognition of sustained contribution to the Wellbeing of Society


presented to Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, Founder of the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.

New Journal

International Journal on School Climate and Violence Prevention / Journal International sur le Climat Scolaire et la Prévention de la Violence.

The International Journal on School Climate & Violence Prevention Violence is a joint publication from the International Observatory of Violence in Schools, the National School Climate Center (New-York), the SWAPv (Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence), Flinders University, Adelaide, and the Chaire de recherche: Sécurité et Violence en Milieu Educatif, Laval University, Quebec.


  • Shute, R . H. & Slee, P.T. (2015). Child Development: Theories and critical perspectives (@nd Edt.) . Routledge,  London
  • Shute, R.H. & Slee, P.T. (Eds.) (2016). Mental Health and Wellbeing through Schools. Routledge, London.
  • Slee, P.T. & Skrzypiec, G. (2016). Well-Being, Positive Peer Relations and Bullying in School Settings. Springer. International Publishing, Switzerland.
  • Slee, P.T. (2016 (In Press). School Bullying. Teachers helping students cope. Routledge. London. 

2018 Conference


The SWAPv Inaugural Inter-disciplinary Conference, was successfully held on 13-15 July 2016: “Enhancing child and adolescent well-being and preventing violence in school and early childhood settings”. The conference brought together national and international researchers in the field of promoting student wellbeing, positive mental health, preventing violence and aggression, bullying and cyberbullying, and other related fields. The themes of the conference are well illustrated in the SWAPv front page ‘word cloud’. Thanks to all who attended  and a special note of appreciation to all of the presenters.

Phillip and Grace


The international journal Social Inquiry into Well-Being (SIIW) is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal in social sciences & humanities publishing theoretical and empirical work that uses a variety of methodological approaches to study the whole spectrum of aspects of well-being of the individuals and of the social groups


Cyber-bullying: Coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings (2009-2011) involving 28 EU countries and Australia.

Asperger's & Bullying: An inclusive educational approach. A DVD educational Resource.


KidsMatter and MindMatters: Impact and Opportunity by Dr Katherine Dix (20 April 2015). Dr K Dix KidsMatter and MindMatters presentation 20.04.2015 (PDF 3MB)

Bullying/Victimisation among Greek adolescent students by Dr Eleni Didaskalou (3 October 2014). Eleni Didaskalou-Bullying among Greek adolescent students

Recent findings on dyslexics language learning by Prof Georgia Andreou (3 October 2014). Dyslexia by Prof Georgia Andreou