Mediation programme aims to beat bullying in Portsmouth

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SCHOOLYARD bullying will be the target of a scheme to be launched in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Mediation Service is leading the TeachPeace scheme, which was set up thanks to a £2,985 grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation and police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes.

The programme aims to reduce conflict, bullying and anti-social behaviour among children and young people in the city.

Programme co-ordinator Laura Rook said: ‘Peer mediation allows children to deal positively with conflict among their peers on their own terms.

‘If our young people grasp this in their school, it will be a skill they can continue to develop and use throughout their whole lives.’

The programme will start this term and focus on building positive relationships and how to have difficult conversations.

More than 30 groups across Hampshire were given similar grants for projects to aimed at cutting crime and supporting victims.