Primary school Tackling Violence programmeprimary school tackling violence

Developing awareness of the damaging impact of violence on personal, family and community relationships is the motivation behind our Primary school Tackling Violence programme.

The programme was born out of the work of the Violence Reduction Unit and the No Knives, Better Lives campaign. Taking an a early intervention and preventative approach the programme helps children discuss and explore their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences of the challenging topic of violence.

Primary school Tackling Violence objectives

This programme helps children to consider how violence impacts on individuals and communities, and the impact this has on relationships.

Participants explore their thoughts, feelings and actions in relation to violence in their own community, and consider ways in which to respond to peer pressure.

Programme content

Specific themes addressed during the Primary School Tackling Violence programme include:

  • Understanding the consequences of violence.
  • Expressing emotions.
  • Belief systems, consequences and conflict.
  • How conflict impacts on behaviours and relationships.
  • Attitudes, values and origins of violence
  • Personal impact of violence in the community.
  • Personal  choice and peer pressure
  • Empathy and how different perspectives can impact and change behaviours.

Primary school Tackling Violence programme deliveryprimary school tackling violence

The Spark’s Tackling Violence programme is delivered over four or six weeks to Primary 6 and 7 pupils, with each workshop lasting one hour. Our Children and Young People (CYP) Team use a counselling-based methodology, encouraging an exploration of what lies behind the words and actions of individuals.

By taking a non-judgemental and empathetic approach, children can fully express themselves and gain insight in to the reasons behind their actions. This insight can lead to modified action and change, building a child’s resilience to face life’s challenges.

Programme case study

For insight in to the effectiveness of The Spark’s Primary school Tackling Violence programme, view our case study.

Tackling Violence in your Primary school

To find out more about The Spark’s Primary School Tackling Violence programme and how it can positively impact your school, get in touch with the team.

Please complete an enquiry form.