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    The Interaction between Theory and Practice in Social Pedagogy: Α European Campaign and an Interactive Social Pedagogical Tool against Bullying in Schools

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        Bullying is a phenomenon that has intensively concerned the scientific community over the last decades. A lot of research has been undertaken about this phenomenon, and a variety of actions have been planned and developed by state services as well as non-governmental organisations both at a level of prevention and management. The Smile of the Child is a recognised and certified NGO in Greece which, since 1996, has developed a wide range of social pedagogical actions concerning children’s problems, particularly child abuse and neglect, school and cyber bullying, missing and exploited children as well as health and welfare issues.

        The first part of the present article refers to the results in Greece, in the time of crisis, of a pan-European survey conducted in 2011 and 2012 and coordinated by The Smile of the Child. The second part of the article presents a European social pedagogy oriented interactive educational tool tackling bullying. All data derived from the survey and the educational tool itself are available at

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            Επιθετικότητα και θυματοποίηση ανάμεσα στους μαθητές ελληνικών δημοτικών σχολείων [Bullying and victimisation in Greek primary school pupils. ]


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              The Smile of the Child, Greece
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              Correspondence to: Alevizos Stefanos, The Smile of the Child, 1 Spirou Loui, 15124 Maroussi, Greece. E-mail: stefanos.alevizos@

              *Stefanos Alevizos has been working as a psychologist at the Non-Governmental Organisation The Smile of the Child since 2006 and is the coordinator of the Interactive & Preventive Sessions department as well as the Children’s Counseling department. He has graduated from the Department of Psychology at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. He has also attended an educational seminar about the mental health of infants and children. He is very experienced in issues of abuse and school bullying, and he has published several articles in collective publications about child abuse. Finally, he has participated on several occasions as an invited speaker in conferences and other scientific events in Greece dealing with bullying and child abuse. He has been a member of the Hellenic Forensic Psychiatric Association since 2013.

              Ioanna Lagoumintzi has been working as a social worker at the Non-Governmental Organisation The Smile of the Child since 2008. She is the coordinator of the National Helpline for Children SOS1056 and of the European Helpline for Missing Children 11600. As coordinator of both helplines she has a daily active involvement in immediate intervention for children who are in danger, psychological support for children and teenagers, information and direction in matters concerning children’s rights and protection, activation of National Public Emergency Broadcast System, Amber Alert Hellas where necessary. She has participated on several occasions as an invited speaker in conferences and other scientific events in Greece and abroad dealing with child abuse, missing children and helpline data. Finally, she is a member of the scientific team of the organisation.

              Pavlos Salichos graduated from the School of Philosophy - Faculty of Psychology of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and did his postgraduate studies (MA) in Criminology at the Panteion University of Athens. He is also trained in Systemic Psychotherapy (personal-family-group) at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos. His professional and academic experience lies in the fields of juvenile delinquency and reintegration of young offenders, prevention of young persons’ social exclusion, youth empowerment and counseling, children’s rights, foster care and child protection institutions. He has written various reports and articles on these subjects as well as on the role of NGOs in children's protection. Since 2013 he has been working as a psychologist in the non-profit voluntary organisation The Smile of the Child. He is a member of the Children, Parent and Teacher Information Department of the organisation, which aims to inform the public on serious matters concerning children. He is married and the father of one daughter.

              International Journal of Social Pedagogy
              UCL Press (UK )
              1 January 2015
              : 4
              : 1
              : 55-64
              Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). [Special issue title, Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece]

              This work is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-NC-SA) 3.0, which permits re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided any modifications of this material in anyway is distributed under this same license, is not used for commercial purposes, and the original author and source are credited

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