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Safety and wellbeing: progress and improvement community update 1 July

We promised to keep you informed on the projects and initiatives we’ve been working on to continue to improve safety and wellbeing at Warwick.

From September 2021, we will publish an annual report on Report + Support to share information on reports, disciplinary panel decisions and sanctions imposed. In the meantime, here is an update on further improvements and progress to round off this term.

You can see previous developments on our safety hub page.

Report + Support

Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported at Warwick.

We strongly encourage anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct or any other form of harassment to contact Report + Support so that we can take action and support you.

You can use the new ‘Speak to the Adviser’ form online to be contacted by a trained member of staff for a confidential discussion. Contact will be within two working days.

You can also report anonymously if you prefer. As well as using the web tool itself, there are multiple routes to reaching Report + Support during term time and vacations – via the Warwick app, via personal tutors, wellbeing support service staff, resident tutors, campus security staff and SU staff.

Prevention and Awareness training

Five hundred people have attended Report + Support awareness sessions this academic year. Continuous training and education is incredibly important to us to help to ensure awareness and understanding amongst our community.

We’re now working with The Survivors’ Trust on their Trauma-Informed Employer (TIE) Quality Mark and will continue to work with student societies to further improve training.

Also in place for the new academic year:

  • Online pre-arrival sessions on consent, healthy relationships and other topics will be available for all students to attend before even arriving for Welcome Week
  • Report + Support Awareness sessions will be a core module on the MyWarwick app during Welcome Week
  • The Warwick Values Moodle will be mandatory for all students - verification of completion will be required to retain access to University IT Services
  • The Warwick Values Moodle will become part of the essential learning package for all staff
  • Every academic department will have a mandatory 'Introduction to Active Bystander' workshop for all incoming students
  • ​Every academic department will receive a refresher Report + Support disclosure referral session
  • ​ Society and Sports Club Execs will receive refresher training on Report + Support, and Warwick Values
  • Weekly Report + Support awareness sessions will continue

Following consultation with the Student Advisory Group on Sexual Misconduct, we’re also planning to introduce additional training in 2021/22 and will give a further update on this in the new academic year. Those ready to be rolled out are:

  • Consent Collective TV
  • Self-defence classes from Warwick Sport

Out of hours wellbeing support and campus security

Our review of out of hours wellbeing provision is progressing with the involvement of Warwick SU. We expect to complete this and feed back to the community before the start of the new academic year in October 2021. This review includes consideration of the Campus Security name and uniform.

In addition:

  • We’re continuing regular walking surveys of campus to identify any potential areas of risk to be addressed through increased signage, trees management and/or lighting – we will let you know about changes and improvements we put in place
  • The Campus Security team will undertake cultural awareness training from independent organisation Pearn Kandola over the summer
  • We’re reviewing our CCTV policy and aim to publish this before the start of the new academic year
  • Personal alarms will be provided to all students moving into campus accommodation from the new academic year. Any student who would like a personal alarm before this can collect one from the SU. And any student who would like one but does not live on campus, can collect one from Senate House Reception during or after Welcome Week.
  • Increased signage to support on campus is being displayed in key campus spaces to ensure members of our community can easily access support if they need it

We really appreciate your support for these important initiatives. We firmly believe that you should have a say in how things are done at Warwick. By encouraging an honest and open dialogue, we can work together to create a safe and inclusive community for you and future students. Find out how you can join the conversation.