30th August 2018

Senior VI pupils enjoyed their introduction to the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Programme this afternoon. This initiative makes use of young people within a school to act as peer mentors who deliver MVP sessions to younger pupils. The heart of the training consists of role plays which allow students to construct and practice safe and effective ways of responding to types of behaviour that they are uncomfortable with by allowing them to recognise that, as a bystander, they have the power help.

Mr Graham Goulden, who was delivering the training, was a Scottish Police Officer for 30 years and for the last 8 of those years, he was a Chief Inspector working with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. He works as a consultant for the violence reduction unit as well as working with local government and other organisations in England, Wales, the United States and in Sweden supporting the development of violence prevention programmes.

St Columba's Mentors in Violence Prevention Training

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