Whilst in my role as Mental Health Advisor at Loughborough University, and due to my previous experience at Rape Crisis, I was fortunate to be asked to be involved with the development of the Sexual Violence Policy.
I was tasked with designing appropriate training for a Higher Education setting which I have now delivered to 72 core student services staff.
This work has been extremely positive and so in October 2016, when Universities UK released new Guidance for Higher Education, I felt proud of how much Loughborough University had achieved so far.
So, when approached in February 2017, I was happy to contribute to Epigeum’s online ‘Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence: Guidance for Staff’. Developed by experienced practitioners, this is an excellent online module based course aimed specifically for a Higher Education setting.
In March this year I was videoed for this online resource, highlighting the key issues relating to sexual violence. These include: the culture relating to sexual violence, consent, how to respond to a disclosure in a professional, supportive and boundaried manner as well as safeguarding and reporting.
Now, as a Mental Health Manager at Loughborough University and UMHAN regional coordinator, I would highly recommend this training alongside appropriate policy and face to face training, as a way to start the conversation to support and empower survivors of sexual violence.
Mental Health Advisor
UMHAN Committee Member