Solving the Jigsaw helps kids learn to prevent and manage the growing threats of bullying at school and violence at home and in the community

Launched in 1997 in two local Bendigo schools, Jigsaw today operates  in 3 States and in more than 80 schools. Since commencing, an estimated 27,000 children have participated in Solving the Jigsaw programs. Importantly, over 1,500 teachers and others who work with young people have taken part in comprehensive training programs.

Research identifies schools as the main place “…where children learn, negotiate and potentially contest the norms and attitudes that encourage and maintain interpersonal violence” (Flood et al 2009:10). School-based programs provide the strongest evidence of effectiveness” in relation to violence prevention programs (VicHealth, 2009).

This supports Solving the Jigsaw’s rationale for long-term school-based violence-prevention programs supported with comprehensive training of educators and others that work with young people as an effective way to change a culture of violence in our communities to a culture of well-being.

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A  Program Document is available that details the research our program draws on:

  • Interpersonal trauma research
  • Developmental and neurological research
  • Educational and therapeutic group process literature.


The program has been the subject of several evaluation and research reports:

“Solving the Jigsaw promotes constructive thought and action for children on issues of pro and anti-social conduct, increasing self knowledge, resilience and reducing the effects of trauma on those who have lived with violence”.

Dr Lisa Milne, Clinical Review
A Clinical Review of Group Process and Content


Program Aims

For students, Solving the Jigsaw aims to promote a culture, language and understanding that encourages discussion and action on violence, bullying, abuse, depression and anxiety.

It seeks to develop skills in conflict resolution, assertive communication, decision-making and anger-management, and promote increased self-knowledge, awareness, optimism and resilience.

It also reduces the effects of trauma on young children and young people and strengthens relationships between students and school, and students and caregivers.

For school communities, the program aims to develop curriculum-based strategies in consultation with schools, strengthen the school environment, address identified needs of schools, and link schools with external support agencies.

For parents, it seeks to increase awareness of the effects of family violence and bullying on children, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and develop a positive outlook and personal links between parents and schools.


Solving the Jigsaw has won several important awards:

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Services Media Awards for “Kids’ Business” Documentary
Human Rights Awards 2009, Highly Recommended for “Kid’s Business Documentary”
Australian Violence Prevention Award, Certificate of Merit—Australian Heads of Government
National Association for Loss and Grief Award
National Australian Drug Foundation Award—Excellence in School Based Responses
National Child Abuse Award—Community Development, Capacity Building and Strengthening
Victorian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award—Anti Violence
Victorian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award—School Based Response
Victorian Public Health Award—Innovative Public Health Development

The program has been evaluated as a best practice model by the Federal Government Partnerships Against Domestic Violence.