Bystander Intervention Lead
Main purpose of the job:
The overarching purpose of the Bystander Intervention Team is to support the University’s goal to provide all students with a safe environment to work, study and socialise leading to improved student satisfaction, student retention and the promotion of good citizenship.
The purpose of the Bystander Intervention Team is to reinforce the University’s Zero Tolerance stance on sexual harassment/assault and to raise awareness of positive sexual relationships. The role of the Bystander Intervention Lead (BIL) is to support students appropriately, and under the guidance of the Project Manager/RSU staff, if an obvious incident of harassment is taking place. Furthermore, the BIL will provide initial pastoral support to any student affected by sexual harassment or assault.
The post of BIL is responsible for intervening (full intervention training provided) if necessary, providing advice and promoting their work through their presence across campus. This includes by attending events and patrolling areas during peak night-time hours. The BIL will be trained to identify harassment and assault and in how to sensitively handle initial disclosures of incidents of sexual violence and will signpost to relevant support. Additionally, the BIL will liaise with appropriate staff to ensure that incidents are supported in the most appropriate manner.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Promote awareness of University’s Zero Tolerance stance on sexual harassment and assault by being present at events and during peak night-time hours
- Under the guidance of the RSU staff and security, intervene where appropriate in problematic situations
- Provide pastoral support to students affected by sexual assault and harassment and signpost to Wellbeing Services for follow-up support
- Ensure that incident reports are written as soon as possible and sent by email to the Bystander Project Manager
- Handle initial disclosures of sexual assault and harassment sensitively
- Attend regular supervision meetings with the Bystander Project Manager to ensure the project is continually improving
- Be professional at all times when dealing with staff and other students. This includes, but is not limited to, giving reasonable notice when you are unable to work, responding to emails in a timely manner, following instructions from the RSU staff and Project Manager.
- Ensure that when socialising at RSU events, your behaviour supports and promotes the Bystander Intervention Project’s aims.
- Train others to intervene and to stand up to sexual harassment and assault
- Tackle stigmatisations of sexual assault and harassment in everyday life
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. Please ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria. You will be assessed by your completed application form (A), at interview (I) and in some instances through an exercise (E).
Education and Qualifications
- A current Roehampton student, preferably but not exclusively aimed at Postgraduate students, Mature students or students in their third year
Knowledge and skills
- A good understanding of consent and the importance of bystander intervention
- Evidence of working within a team environment
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability to present confidently and in an engaging manner.
- The confidence to intervene and challenge others
- The confidence to liaise with key personnel for example, Welfare, Security and the RSU staff
- A demonstrable understanding of equality and diversity, and professional conduct and their practical application within a student support environment.
- Positive, resilient and determined attitude.
- Demonstrable commitment to own professional development.
- The ability to adapt to different situations
- The ability to handle sensitive information
- Experience of working in support or advising contexts or in a similar role.