Education Scotland launches new Mentors in Violence Prevention site

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is a peer mentoring leadership programme for young people, giving them the chance to explore and challenge the attitudes, beliefs and cultural norms that underpin gender-based violence, bullying and other forms of violence.

This week the Inclusion team at Education Scotland launched a new MVP website which provides a platform to keep everything in one place with resources, a secure staff and trainer section, accreditation, links to show how MVP fits in with Experiences and Outcomes and video clips of learners talking about the programme.

The programme has been running in Scotland since 2012, supported by Education Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.  All 32 local authorities are engaged, with 29 actively delivering it in over 130 secondary schools. 

The new MVP website is designed following direct feedback from schools and local authorities.  It gives the programme a designated space to share resources with practitioners and trainers and keep them updated about developments and showcases the work being delivered in schools across Scotland.

The website provides and area for staff to develop their professional learning through webinars and podcasts and have access to current research and professional reading materials. 

Gayle Gorman, Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive at Education Scotland said: “The programme provides our school communities a structured and effective approach to support staff and pupils alike in challenging gender based violence and other abusive behaviours.  Gender based violence affects the health and wellbeing of young people in particular young women, but the harmful social norms that underpin it have been shown to have negative outcomes for all our young people.  MVP’s bystander approach empowers young people and staff to challenge these norms and has been shown to contribute to a positive ethos of safety and inclusion within the school communities where it is used.  Pupils develop the skills and confidence to recognise harmful behaviours and support their peers.  Senior pupils who take a leadership role in delivering the programme, in particular benefit from the development of a wide range of life skills including organisational and presentation skills and teamwork.’

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: 'The Mentors in Violence Prevention programme is an effective bystander intervention programme that gives young people the opportunity to take a leadership role in challenging gender based violence and other forms of harmful behaviour. As part of the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe strategy, it provides opportunities for young people to explore healthy relationships and is an important tool in supporting wellbeing and positive mental health.'

For more information visit the MVP website.