Community In Motion Training

This is a Free (Virtual) training offer for East Riding Businesses & Services who work within communities, particular within the Night-time Economy such as Licensed premises, Security staff and Taxi Drivers, but also for community sport clubs and other VCSE organisations. The training will also be suitable for Street Angels and Police Officers/PCSO’s who work in the Night-time Economy.

The Training is being funded through the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership and there is no charge. The aim of the training is to support local businesses and community organisations to feel confident in identifying the signs of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and how to play an active role in preventing it taking place within their premises, organisation and community.

Introduction

There is no doubt that sexual violence remains an issue across the U.K.  Whilst anyone can be a victim of sexual violence a public health response cannot ignore the gendered nature of these incidents.  That is that the majority of victims are women, and the perpetrators are men.  We know that sexual crimes are on the rise and whilst it is clear more victims are coming forward we cannot rely simply on this and must look to the culture within society that says to some people that it’s ok to use sexist and misogynistic language.

Recently, there has been a specific focus on the role of men in prevention, the #NotAllMen has created much discussion, with many men getting on the defensive rather than seeing the role they have in preventing these issues. It’s here we must address the problem as it is clear that learning to spot ‘red flags’ before an incident would help reduce the number of victims.  Also, by providing individuals with a narrative to support a victim who makes a disclosure will provide much needed assistance to individuals as well as helping them access further support.

In short, research supports the idea that we can train people to safely act when they witness problematic situations.  Such intervention presents the reality that community itself can be a valuable prevention tool that needs to be engaged by law enforcement.  The likes of door stewards, bar staff, taxi drivers, volunteers and others who either work in or support the night-time economy, are in a unique position to support wider prevention work around sexual violence.

Community In Motion Training

By raising awareness within the night-time economy, we can activate those around victims and perpetrators.  The training applies gendered analysis within the program as well as identifying that sexual violence can take place in all types of relationships.  The training does not take an approach that identifies men as perpetrators or potential perpetrators but focuses on leadership and identifies men as a big part of the solution but makes use of a creative bystander approach to promote much needed discussion amongst individuals on gender-based violence (GBV).

Traditionally approaches to violence and abuse focuses on the acts of perpetrators and victims. A bystander approach firstly removes this binary approach identifying individuals as friends, classmates, neighbours, team-mates, work colleagues or family members with a role in the prevention of abuse being committed against/ or by others.  This approach for violence prevention focuses on boys and men not as perpetrators or potential perpetrators, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers and support abused ones. Likewise, the model focuses on girls and women not as victims or potential targets of harassment, rape, and abuse, but as empowered bystanders who can support abused peers and confront abusive ones.

Learning Aims and Outcomes

The aim of the training program is to raise awareness of sexual violence, how it can impact on the night-time economy and inspire personal leadership to prevent incidences of sexual violence. By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the extent of sexual violence in England and Wales
  2. Discuss the myths that conspire against prevention and bystander action
  3. List a number of inhibitors that prevent bystander intervention
  4. Describe a range of tools and strategies that will support active bystander engagement.
  5. Discuss responses to a person who discloses sexual violence

 

The Training will be delivered by Graham Goulden.

Graham Goulden is a retired Scottish police officer. For the last 8 years of his policing career Graham was a Chief Inspector with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. During this time Graham became curious about the role of bystanders in preventing violence implementing bystander programmes in the Scottish high school system. Since retiring from policing Graham now works across many different sectors delivering bystander and leadership training to help create safe and supportive workplace cultures. He has worked with local government, the construction industry, the legal profession, in schools, in universities and in local communities. Graham is the only UK based trainer with the Active Bystander in Law Enforcement (ABLE) programme which works with US Police officers.

 

Booking

Below are the dates and times of the training that are available. We have capacity for 40 people per session. People accessing the training will need access to the internet and an electronic device such as a laptop or smartphone. Please can you respond back by the 6th January 2023 with your preferred session, name, organisation, position and email address. Please send all responses to daspteam@eastriding.gov.uk and a link to the training will be sent to the email address provided.

Session 1 9th January 14.00 – 16.00
Session 2 9th January 18.30 – 20.30
Session 3 13th January 10.00 – 12.00 
Session 4 1st February  10.00 – 12.00 
Session 5 1st February 14.00 – 16.00
Session 6 8th February 13.00 – 15.00
Session  7 13th February  13.00 – 15.00 
Session 8 14th February 1400-1600

 

Useful links for further information

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esoIkekdDOo