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The West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit is working with the education sector to ensure every child gets access to a good quality education.

There are over 1,233 primary and secondary schools and hundreds of alternative education settings, further education and training providers across the West Midlands. It means the education sector is engaged with thousands of children, young people and families, fostering a passion for learning and high aspirations. 

We know all children and young people have different levels of need and we want to focus our efforts on ensuring those with additional and different needs, receive the right support at the right time. 

Our commitment is to support and enable those working in the education, training and employment sector to join together in their approach to learning, creating positive outcomes for all.

We will be engaging with teachers, school leadership teams, governors, OFSTED, the Department for Education and other key partners to ensure all children and young people have opportunities to thrive and achieve.

The Education Team within the Violence Reduction Unit will be:

  • Working in schools to deliver training which promotes resilience and reduces risks to vulnerable children and young people who experience violence in their lives.
  • Supporting the training and development of education staff to promote a whole school approach to children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Helping schools adopt tried and tested methods to prevent young people being drawn into activities that may lead to violence.
  • Linking the support offered by schools, partners and communities to ensure all children get the support and opportunity they need to fulfil their potential and stay in mainstream education.
  • Bringing together experts within education so they can share, develop and influence educational approaches that support social, emotional and mental health of young people at risk or affected by violence.

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