A new training program is being developed at the University of Chester that will train 60 members of university staff to provide support to people who disclose sexual violence across its campus.
As part of the model, University staff are trained as First Responders in case of disclosures of sexual misconduct, as well as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers to provide ongoing support to students or staff who have experienced sexual misconduct. A successful bid by John Dwyer, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, resulted in funding for the training from Cheshire’s Reflect and Respect campaign.
Staff members receive training on how to deliver consent training to students and colleagues as part of LimeCulture’s upskilling initiative. This project aims to reduce violence against women and girls and is part of the UK Home Office’s Safer Streets 3 initiative.
Dr Helen Galbraith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Chester, said:
It is really encouraging to see how the funding from Safer Streets has been put into action in Cheshire and is directly benefiting students who were identified as a key demographic.
By working in partnership, we have been able to offer real practical solutions through the delivery of student training on issues such as consent, healthy relationships, allyship and digital safety. Also, training staff as First Responders and Sexual Violence Liaison Officers will help ensure dedicated support for those who have experienced sexual violence.”
Stephanie Reardon, Chief Executive of LimeCulture said:
Universities across the country have recognised how critical it is to provide an effective response to sexual violence and create a safe, supportive environment in which both students and staff can learn, live and thrive. We’re delighted to be supporting the team at the University of Chester on their SVLO journey.”
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added:
I’m proud to have secured the Safer Streets funding and it’s fantastic to see this training delivering results already. It’s crucial that any measures we take to protect victims of sexual violence go hand in hand with changing attitudes too. Everyone has the right to feel safe on campus and that their concerns will be taken with the seriousness they deserve. Students and staff can be reassured that they will receive the best possible support thanks to the SVLO scheme.”
For more information on the Reflect and Respect campaign, visit http://reflectandrespect.com/