Dot Com in Birmingham

How the Values Versus Violence Programme works in the West Midlands

In the Birmingham area, the programme was introduced by the local authority and West Midlands police to prevent various issues, including FGM, Child Sexual Exploitation, and local gang crime. Schools using the Dot Com Values Programme have strong links with their PCSOs, who help to deliver lessons appropriate to their role. This also encourages stronger links between the police, schools and the communities. It also encourages children to trust and rely on the police to be a source of help should they ever need it.

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

Rachel Turley (as seen in the video above) is the charity’s local co-ordinator for the Birmingham area. She is available to support schools who are using the programme, train their teachers and assist the charity in bringing the Dot Com Programme to more children across the county. Rachel has seen widespread success in her own school, using the journals on a one-to-one basis as well as in class, to help children with difficult issues such as bereavement, family struggles, local violence, bullying, poor behaviour and much more.

Myles (also in the video) is happy to share his story about how the Dot programme has helped him. When his father passed away suddenly, Myles’ behaviour began to get very bad, and he was often suspended. He had no outlet for his anger and was becoming very violent. At risk of being initiated into a local gang at such a young age, Rachel helped him and his mother one-on-one and soon, Myles began to think about the consequences of his actions before acting. He was more open with his feelings and built a network of adults that he trusted to share his thoughts with. Myles is now on the school council, and the marked improvement on his behaviour has also been visible in his results.

Birmingham children have spoken about the Dot Programme to large groups of adults and police officers at local launch events.

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