A safe and secure environment is a prerequisite for effective teaching and learning. Threats to the safety and security of people and property can arise from natural hazards – for example earthquake, floods and storms – or from human actions – such as vandalism, arson, and violent crime. While catastrophic events and human tragedies cannot be eliminated entirely, there is a role for facility designers, institutional managers, emergency response teams, and post-crisis intervention in mitigating their negative impact.
11-13 July 2006, “International Educational Security Conference”, organised by the International Security Management and Crime Prevention Institute, in co-operation with PEB, Adelaide, Australia: website
, conference programme
- "International Conference on School Safety and Security", Paris, 12-14 November 2003 (Buy this publication)
- "Helping Schools Prepare for and Respond to Terrorist Attacks", experts' meeting in Washington D.C., 13-14 February 2002.
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OECD publications and articles on school safety and security.
Additional references: GeoHazards International (GHI), National Alliance for Safe Schools (United States);
OECD in the News: New York Times; Herald Tribune; Bloomsberg Press.
Editorial (PEB Exchange, June 2008) - Keeping Schools Safe