Dot Com in Croydon

Meet the children who take part in the Dot Com Programme every week as part of their PSHE in school.

These children go to one of our flagship schools in Thornton Heath, Croydon. Croydon Council brought the programme in across the whole borough as a measure to tackle a widespread problem with Domestic Violence. Children in years three and five were provided with the programme for the first year, and many schools have continued to extend this across the whole school in the following year.

The Values Versus Violence education programme aims to encourage positive values in children, and helps to guide their decision making throughout their lives. Using journals and the characters within the programme, children learn about safety, bullying, feelings, the emergency services, choices, values, religion, their body’s early warning signs and more.

The journals become a tool for PSHE education, the building of a set of personal values, crime prevention and safe expression of thoughts and feelings.

The programme is endorsed by the Home Office, OFSTED and the Association of Chief Police Officers. It is also a recommended resource for FGM by the Home Office and the FGM prevention charity Forward.

In July 2014, children from Whitehorse Manor Junior School wrote letters to a select committee at the Home Office telling them why they think other schools should have access to the programme:

“It helps you to overcome your fears, problems and informs you on what to do in many situations. The Values Versus Violence programme will change your behaviour in many circumstances and can make you a better person in life. The programme teaches you all the rights you have, like the right to be safe, healthy, happy, to play and to be listened to. It also teaches the values you have such as truth, determination, respect and family. To sum it up, the programme gives you a boost in life”. – Alicia

“Values Versus Violence gives you a tool kit which helps you with the problems life throws at you.” – Maximus

“It has helped me to speak confidently and share my problems. It has also helped our class teaching us right from wrong.” – Luca

“The most important thing that I have learned is treat people how you want to be treated.” – Tamia

“It helped me to stay safe when you’re on the road and other times. Before we started this programme when I would go out, I didn’t feel safe.” – Asiya

“Situations are better handled in my class because of this life changing programme. Safety is important and Values Versus Violence helps you to feel safe. Rights, I was fascinated by, because I didn’t know children had them.” – Amy

In September 2014, children from the same school attended our ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed fundraiser at Mansion House, telling a host of celebrities, business professionals and politicians about the programme and what it means to them. 

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Children and teachers from Whitehorse Manor Junior School with Sharon and Neil Evans and trustee Kathryn Blair

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The children talk to a journalist from Hello! magazine

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With Bob Parker from Forever Living and David Lilley from the Child Foundation

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Pupils showing the gusts their letters to the Home Office

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One pupil meets broadcaster and journalist John Simpson

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Talking to English cricket legend and Strictly Come Dancing 2006 winner Mark Ramprakash

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With Dot Com Trustee and Strictly Professional Kristina Rihanoff

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With Dot Com special advisor Helen Walsh and Strictly’s Kristina Rihanoff and Ian Waite

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