Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) within the educational setting will start to tackle the culture, the beliefs and the attitudes that say violence is acceptable.
The approach will also allow discussions on domestic abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual violence, weapons, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and the different forms of hate crime.
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is a leadership and bystander programme designed to visit schools to educate school teachers, staff and pupils on the bystander model.
What Is The Mentors In Violence Prevention Programme?
A bystander is somebody who sees or knows about a certain situation such as bullying that is happening to someone else. If a bystander does nothing about the situation they can be seen as condoning this behaviour. The Mentors In Violence Prevention Programme aims to educate people that they can do something to stop the situation and not be a bystander.
The programme was developed in the United States by US Educator Dr Jackson Katz and is delivered in South Yorkshire by Graham Goulden from Cultivating Minds UK. Graham was a police officer in Scotland for 30 years before becoming part of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.
Why should a school implement the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme?
MVP offers excellent opportunities to discuss a range of current social issues within an educational framework where positive relationships, health and well-being are key.
We often try to deal with the violence that we see and do not tackle the culture, the beliefs and the attitudes which may result in the physical act itself.
MVP will encourage discussions on domestic abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual violence, weapons carrying, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and different forms of hate crime.
The programme places young people within realistic and relevant scenarios. It will raise the important issues to young people and challenge their current way of thinking. By discussing the issues with their peers, it will inspire leadership around the issue.
Group discussions will encourage young people to share, the often, healthy norms that most of them believe in. By sharing their opinions, they will be able to reassure themselves and other young people.
A young person who feels safe and supported in their learning environment, will attain. MVP places healthy relationships within all discussions. The benefits of healthy relationships in our communities will lead to less violence and reduced demand on already over-stretched services.
How Can You Implement the Mentors In Violence Prevention Programme In Your School?
Expressions of interest for your school to get involved in the Mentors In Violence Prevention programme should be emailed to email@example.com
Does Mentors in Violence Prevention work?
Trauma Informed Practice
The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit is committed to working with all organisations to raise awareness of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and encourage improved ways of working so that we can better support the people that we serve.
Plan B Custody Navigators
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