Tackling Violence – Secondary school evaluation

The Spark’s Children and Young People Team (CYP) has been delivering the Tackling Violence programme for over 5 years. Aimed at Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 pupils, Tackling Violence is one of our most popular programmes.

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

The programme was evaluated during September 2016 at Lochend Community High School.

Tackling Violence programme objectives

This programme helps young people 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 to respond to peer pressure.

Programme outcomes

Participants in Secondary 1 from Lochend Community High School in Glasgow completed the Tackling Violence programme in September 2016.

After taking part in the programme, the participants were asked to answer yes, no or not sure to a series of six statements covering the material delivered during the sessions.

1. I know more about the impact violence can have on my community

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2. I have a better understanding of what I can do to improve my community

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3. I am aware of the consequences of being in a gang

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4. I am more aware of who can be affected by gangs

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5. I have a better understanding that the choices I make today can impact my future

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6. I can identify the strengths I have to make positive choices

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Can you tell us the top 3 things you learned today?

  1. About gangs fighting
  2. How to talk to each other
  3. About the consequences of your actions

Future programmes

To find out more about The Spark’s Tackling Violence programme please telephone 0141 222 3910 or complete an enquiry form.