case study
Reading Student's Union Welfare

We ran a series of workshops with Reading Student’s Union welfare officers 

Alongside working with the night time economy staff at the Student’s Union bar 3Sixty and re-certifying them as part of our Safe Place Project, we’re proud that we have been able to deepen our partnership with RSU by also training up students themselves. 

We had a large level of correspondence with RSU’s Welfare Officer and Activities and Opportunities Officer to create a bespoke workshop that will assist the welfare officers of over 150 student’s unions to implement victim-focussed, trauma-informed responses to disclosures of harmful incidents, including but not limited to spiking, sexual violence and hate crimes. 

Over three sessions in an afternoon, we opened up the conversation with student welfare officers regarding how to respond to disclosures of harm as an effective ally. By firstly confirming exactly what constitutes these different kinds of harmful behaviours, we then looked at the current university processes and ways in which students can report. We applied this information and created unique guidance for officers on how to signpost victims to university reporting mechanisms using empowering and validating language. After understanding the different trauma responses, we applied our knowledge and skills to real life scenarios from students in our community through engaging group work activities.

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I found The Egalitarian’s workshops really informative. Sometimes when you go into a session, you may think you’re already clued up on a lot of topics. However, after completing the session, I realised there were so many things that I didn’t know. Things such as the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment, or what the most common ways of spiking were, to identifying domestic abuse; these were all topics I had a general idea of but didn’t really have an in-depth understanding of. Many of the issues discussed not only related to my professional role but also were beneficial for my personal life. This training is definitely essential for everyone in terms of spreading awareness on these matters. - RSU Activities and Opportunities Officer
Andy, Venue Manager
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I found The Egalitarian’s workshops really informative. Sometimes when you go into a session, you may think you’re already clued up on a lot of topics. However, after completing the session, I realised there were so many things that I didn’t know. Things such as the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment, or what the most common ways of spiking were, to identifying domestic abuse; these were all topics I had a general idea of but didn’t really have an in-depth understanding of. Many of the issues discussed not only related to my professional role but also were beneficial for my personal life. This training is definitely essential for everyone in terms of spreading awareness on these matters. - RSU Activities and Opportunities Officer
I found the workshops really helpful and informative, particularly for officers organising and attending night time events. Students who attended the sessions found it very interesting and really enjoyed it. - RSU Welfare Officer
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