Tender Education and Arts were commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to consult young people, teaching staff, parents, wider community partners and stakeholders in the development of a Whole School Approach framework to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls and Serious Youth Violence in the London borough of Croydon. The framework will now be delivered over a 2-year pilot period in a number of Croydon schools, coupled with an external evaluation over this period.
A Whole school approach (WSA) is a method which uses multiple interventions with multiple school community users simultaneously within a school environment. The participants will primarily be children and young people but it will also include school staff, parents and the wider community. The approach predominantly focuses on primary prevention by universal engagement of young people, staff and parents to create a negative social stigma to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Serious Youth Crime (SYV) by changing VAWG and (SYV) endorsing attitudes, norms and behaviour. By using this approach, the intention is to prevent violence and abuse in participants’ future relationships. A WSA also engages in secondary prevention by increasing the school community knowledge of appropriate support services and working with targeted young people who may be experiencing victimisation, be displaying perpetrator behaviours or be recognised to have complex needs which increases their vulnerability to perpetrators. This aims to reduce the number of people currently experiencing violence and abuse. It is an approach which lasts for no less than 1 year and is preferably on going to sustain lasting change.
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