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How to achieve a university-wide response to incidents of sexual violence

24 Mar 2017, 12:00 - 15:00
20 Tavistock Square 
London
United Kingdom
WC1H 9HQ

​Summary 

This workshop will explore how to ensure universities can deliver an effective strategic response to sexual violence (as described in chapter 5 of Changing the Culture) that embeds clear lines of accountability, appropriate governance structures, and understanding and ownership of risk across all relevant university functions.

Key themes at this workshop will include: 

  • Challenges for universities around incidents of sexual violence

  • Overcoming barriers:  embedding a governance and accountability process

  • Managing risk

  • Responding to disclosure -  creating specialism (The Sexual Violence Liaison Model)

  • Implementing or sexual misconduct (managing cases and safe investigation)

Why are we talking about a university-wide response now? 

The challenges for universities in responding to sexual violence are multiple.  However, each university has a responsibility to their staff and their students to respond appropriately to any disclosure of sexual violence. Over and above supporting a victim in relation to their educational needs, a university will also need to consider the wider support needs of a victim/survivor following a sexual assault. This might include access to a forensic medical examination, psychological therapies and mental health support or, indeed, sexual health services. It could also include a police investigation and potentially a court case as well as internal disciplinary proceedings.

This workshop is delivered in partnership with LimeCulture Community Interest Company -  the UK's leading sexual violence training and development organisation. Building on their experience of work they have undertaken with the University of Greenwich and Keele University, they will explore how to achieve a university-wide response to incidents of sexual violence.

In order to enable as many universities as possible to attend we propose that one person from an institution attends, however, if we have availability nearer the time, further places will be made available.

Lunch will be provided, registration opens at 11.30am.

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK

Nuzhat Fatima

Nuzhat Fatima

Events Assistant
Universities UK

Holly Wildish-Jones

Holly Wildish-Jones

Marketing and Internal Communications Officer
Universities UK

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