Mentors in Violence Prevention summit

Report from Mrs McDonald

MVP mentors from OLHS attended a NL wide pupil summit with HSPO Angela McDonald at Calderhead High School on Thursday 10th March. The conference is the second annual event held to celebrate the work of MVP mentors form around the local authority and give them time together to explore issues in more depth.

MVP stands for Mentors in Violence Prevention and the programme uses a bystander approach to encourage the safe challenging of the culture and beliefs that can lead to violence and in particular gender based violence. Senior pupils are trained by staff to become mentors and deliver themed workshops to their peers.

On the day pupils participated in a series of issue based workshops and heard from two speakers, the first shared her personal story about gender based violence experienced in her work place and the second from Police Scotland spoke about preventing radicalisation.

Feedback from all was that it was an informative, emotive and informative day.

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