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Reduction type

Primary prevention


Purpose

The introduction of bystander training 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 carrying, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and different forms of hate crime as well as the influence of the modern media in shaping our society.

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The Mentors in Violence Prevention programme (MVP) is a leadership and bystander programme developed in the United States by US Educator Dr Jackson Katz.


The Mentors in Violence Prevention programme (MVP)

 “Building relationships, supporting learning, reducing violence”.

The Mentors in Violence Prevention programme (MVP) is a leadership and bystander programme developed in the United States by US Educator Dr Jackson Katz.

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.

Violence is a complex issue and one which is very often not fully understood by the many who are responsible for tackling it. 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.

The introduction of bystander training 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 carrying, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and different forms of hate crime as well as the influence of the modern media in shaping our society.

The MVP Programme places young people within realistic and relevant scenarios.  The aim of these scenarios is to:

  • Raise awareness (of the issue)
  • Challenge thinking (around the issue)
  • Open dialogue (within peer groups), and
  • Inspire individual leadership (around the issue)

The discussions created within MVP permit young people to share, the often, healthy norms that most of them believe in.  These discussions also aim to reassure young people.  A simple but effective toolkit is shared to individuals allowing them to be the friends they want to be.

It is clear that young people are scared and fearful.  This fear is likely to have an impact on learning and attainment.  Whilst responses to violence in schools often involve increased security, the building of healthy relationships in our schools is key.

A young person feeling safe and supported in any 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.

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit held an introduction to the Mentors in Violence Programme on Wednesday, 28 May.  The introduction was led by Graham Goulden who developed Cultivating Minds UK to create much needed conversations around issues that can impact negatively on learning, on business and sports success.

Graham Goulden, BA, is an experienced and committed leadership and violence prevention trainer.  For thirty years he was a Scottish police officer and Chief Investigator specialising in criminal investigation, drug investigation, training and crime prevention.

Graham is a passionate advocate of the bystander approach to help develop personal and organisational leadership to help create safe and supportive learning environments, workplaces and performance teams.   All of these environments face challenges which, if unchecked, can impact detrimentally on performance and reputation.

The South Yorkshire session was held over Zoom and included over 60 participants from educational settings across the county.  Further training will be held later in the year, along with a campaign to design a logo for the South Yorkshire MVP programme.

To listen to the audio from the introductory session held during the event on the 28 May click below:

 

The questions and answers raised during the session are transcribed here.

For more information on the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme see the below videos:

 

 

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The Mentors in Violence Prevention programme (MVP) is a leadership and bystander programme developed in the United States by US Educator Dr Jackson Katz.