A range of reasons were identified from the group including the following – because they can, expectation to use violence from peers, alienation, lack of hope, taught behaviour, exposure to violence, violence is the norm, unchallenged attitudes, violence is rewarded, violence is a starting point for many young men, access to alcohol and domestic abuse in a family setting.
The MVP Programme continues to widen its reach in Scotland. New schools are coming on board and receiving initial training forming a ‘mentor support’ team from which the programme can be implemented in the school. All seven schools initially trained in 2011 and 2012 continue to implement the programme showing the sustainability of the programme. By the end of June a further 16 Scottish High Schools will have undergone MVP training and will begin to recruit and train mentors after the summer holidays.