Bullying is never okay. We do not tolerate unacceptable behaviour, including bullying.
If you think someone you know is being bullied there are lots of ways in which you can help them.
- Are they in immediate danger? If they are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere they feel safe.
- What is bullying? It might be useful to think about what is meant by bullying is and how these behaviours are described.
- Just taking the time to talk and listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them. (Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening.)
- Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
- USW Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team. The University's EDI Team is happy to talk them through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence. The EDI Team can talk to someone who is experiencing something, or someone who is supporting that person. EDI Team can be contacted via email email@example.com
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can report with your contact details and an appropriate member of staff will contact you. The member of staff will be able to talk through the options and support available, in confidence.
- As a student you can also reach out to our Wellbeing Service which offers a range of help and support. You can book an appointment with the Wellbeing Service, with a Wellbeing Adviser who can talk you through the support available.
- As a staff member you can access support via the Staff Support Scheme, your manager or HR via HR Business Partner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seek External Support - There are a number of external specialist organisations that provide specialist support, including counselling. A list of organisations can be found here.
- Staff and Students can reach out to the University's EDI Team via email@example.com; or to Dignity at Work and Study Advisors
- Staff can reach out to relevant Trade Unions (UCU, Unison and GMB)