The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit are joining No Knives, Better Lives at events across Scotland to support those working with young people vulnerable to violence.

The first event is being held in the Borders on June 25th at Peebles Burgh Hall. An in-person training day, the event aims to help practitioners enhance their knowledge and develop practical skills to keep young people safe and prevent violence.

No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) are a leading prevention, early intervention and education program run by YouthLink Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. They work in partnership with young people and practitioners to understand and address the causes of violence.

NKBL will introduce some of their current projects including Imagine a Man and The Lassies are No Feart – violence between girls. Inputs from the SVRU will include restorative approaches, conflict resolution, wellbeing and mental health.

There will also be support given to explore the specific challenges practitioners are facing in their communities, with lots of opportunities to exchange ideas, tips and learning.

Tickets are free but you must register for the event at NKBL & SVRU | Regional Practitioner Day – Borders Tickets, Tue 25 Jun 2024 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Details of further events are to follow.

Niven Rennie


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Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.