No Knives Better Lives and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit are offering free training sessions across the country this summer aimed at those working with young people.
Often the approach to violence prevention work is to stress the potentially devastating consequences of risk behaviours like carrying a knife. While this is important it has become increasingly apparent that empowering young people to challenge knife carrying and the norms around violence is a powerful approach to prevention.
Developed and delivered by No Knives, Better Lives and the SVRU, the training is an introduction to the bystander approach to violence prevention and features specially developed new material for the sessions.
Jane Dailly, national co-ordinator for NKBL, said: “Bringing the bystander approach into our prevention work can have a huge impact. It involves young people as active partners and means that our messages are relevant to all young people.”
Will Linden, acting director of the SVRU added: “We want to help empower young people to safely tackle both the culture and the behaviours which can unfortunately lead to violence. With the right tools we can all play a part in making Scotland the safest country in the world for our children to grow up in.”
There are currently still places available for the Edinburgh session on June 28th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-knives-better-lives-bystander-training-edinburgh-tickets-45193240198 and for the Aberdeen event on June 22nd https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-knives-better-lives-bystander-training-aberdeen-tickets-45192513023?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button
Sessions are aimed at those who work with young people and have any form of prevention or capacity building role.