The University of Westminster was awarded £50,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to develop a bystander intervention programme to improve safeguarding in UK universities.

The project, developed in partnership with Green Dot etcetera and The Quintin Hogg Trust, aims to develop a validated bystander intervention training programme which can be used in universities across the UK.

Green Dot etc. originated in the USA and is dedicated to violence prevention education. The Green Dot etc model targets all community members as potential bystanders and seeks to engage them through awareness education and skills practice to develop proactive behaviours and establish an intolerance to violent behavior. The education and training also enables individuals to use reactive intervention techniques in high-risk situations.

The Catalyst funding will support the University of Westminster’s international partnership with Green Dot etc. to develop and adapt the current American Green Dot College Strategy to best fit UK Higher Education cultural needs.

The project is scheduled to start in April 2017 and in the first two years aims to deliver UK specific Green Dot materials, a new bystander intervention for use in UK Higher Education Institutions, and 75 staff trained in delivery of Green Dot intervention to students.

The Catalyst Fund was set up by HEFCE to support projects addressing student safeguarding.

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