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Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy: Training available now for all staff

(25 October 2019)

At any time, someone you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been subjected to sexual violence or domestic abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help staff to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them, highlighting the responsiblities that all staff have under the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. For dates and times, please see our web pages

All staff are encouraged to participate in disclosure training either in-person or online. Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence (located under My Organisations & Online Training on DUO)

The following in-person sessions are bookable via the online training system:

Level 1: SMV Awareness and Disclosure Training The aim of this course is to raise awareness of sexual misconduct and violence while highlighting how to respond to disclosures and signpost to support in line with the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. All staff are encouraged to attend. Participants can choose to attend a session offered centrally on the days indicated below.

  • Thursday, 7 November 2019
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019
  • Thursday, 16 January 2020
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Level 2: SMV Disclosure and Support Workshop The aim of this workshop is to prepare staff in student support roles to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence and support students during investigations and disciplinary procedures as appropriate in line with the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy building from the Level 1 course. This workshop is for staff who provide student support or are in welfare/pastoral roles. However, all staff are welcome to attend. Participants can choose to attend the workshop on the days indicated below:

  • Thursday, 12 December 2019
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020
  • Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Level 3: SMV Investigations Training

The aim of this course is to build skills to conduct a trauma-informed investigation into reports made under the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy. The course is required for investigators and encouraged for members of the Senate Discipline Committee, including students who sit on disciplinary panels. Staff who would like to attend for CPD, may request a place on the course.

Friday, 24 January 2020

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