The Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) is an approach to gender violence and bullying prevention and is designed to give students the skills to speak out against issues which affect relationships within our schools and communities by adopting a positive ‘bystander’ approach. Through peer mentoring, younger students are encouraged to consider and discuss different scenarios such as behaviour online, the use of harmful language, coercive control, gender labelling and alcohol and consent. They are then provided with a range of safe options which can prevent situations from escalating.
We are delighted to announce that, following a successful bid to the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe Fund, we are planning to take MVP into the community. More information to follow!
MVP is currently running in seven of our secondary schools with over 300 pupil mentors taking part in two days of training where they had the opportunity to consider issues around child protection, gender box, recognising respectful and abusive language and behaviour and developing skills in leadership and facilitation. Mentors are able to gain accreditation for their work through a range of awards from the SQA and the Scottish Government’s Saltire Award. In 2017, Paisley Grammar School’s mentors gained recognition at Renfrewshire Youth Services Awards and, in 2019, were filmed by BBC North for a news article on tackling knife crime. Both Trinity High School and Renfrew High School have taken part in evaluations of the programme by Education Scotland’s MVP Development team.
Click here to access Education Scotland’s annual MVP reports.
The programme relies on building successful partnerships across Education, Health, Youth Services and Police Scotland with over 60 staff trained across all sectors by our own training team. The training team consists of:
- Fiona Hewitt – Development Officer Health and Wellbeing
- Jane Ahlfeld – Home Link Worker
- Debbie Fleming – Senior Health Improvement Officer
- Dean Shankie – Police Scotland
- Cheryl Thomas – Programmes Development Manager – Active Communities
In addition, we are joined by the following colleagues on our steering group:
- Jean Brierly – Flexible Learning Coordinator
- Ellen Ferguson – Renfrewshire Education Psychology Service
- Debbie Fleming – Health Improvement Officer
- Lynsey Calderwood – Women and Children First
If you wish further information regarding the programme, please contact Fiona Hewitt (Coordinator) by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find clips of our mentors on our Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel.
To hear discussion from around gender-based violence from Jackson Katz who developed the programme in America, click on the clip above. This session was hosted by St Pauls Youth Forum in Glasgow.
Click here to access Education Scotland’s Wakelet on Domestic Abuse.
Click here to access Education Scotland’s MVP Wakelet.