Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
VRN priority: Leadership and Cultural Change; Prevention (Primary) Education and Schools
Reach: 5 -19 year old primary and secondary school pupils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
The MVP project is a peer-led leadership and bystander programme. It aims to tackle the beliefs, attitudes and culture which can give the message that violence is acceptable. Ultimately MVP promotes healthy social norms and a culture which is known to prevent violence.
Our local programme involves adults (in education schools settings) learning all about MVP with our expert trainer and adviser, Graham Goulden from Cultivating Minds, who then go on to train older pupils as MVP Mentors. The programme equips these Mentors with the confidence, knowledge and skills to identify and speak out against bullying, abusive behaviour and violence. With support of staff, they can also deliver sessions to younger pupils focusing on issues which matter to them (e.g. bullying, healthy relationships, knife carrying). In recognition of the value of the programme, many local schools have integrated the MVP project into their PHSE curriculum.
The VRN initially supported the implementation of MVP in secondary schools across LLR and as of October 2023, will also be supporting the programme as it moves into primary school. As the programme can be tailored to suit various needs, it is transferable to many other settings including further and higher education, community and youth groups, sport clubs and the workplace.
In 2022/23 the VRN commissioned a Train the Trainers programme to build a local network of MVP trainers. MVP Trainers are currently delivering the MVP programme to schools within LLR and will further enable the local partnership to transfer MVP into other settings.
Schools who are part of the MVP Programme are regularly invited to attend network meetings to hear the latest updates and share good practice across the partnership.
Please email us if you would like further information or to be involved in the MVP training fmoving forward.