Addressing sexual assault on campus: supporting students and staff (CPD course)

CPD: 6 points

Following recent awareness around harassment and abuse on campus, education institutions are recognising and reassessing their responsibility to address the problem using a proactive approach. The UK government has asked UK Universities to set up and lead a task force to develop a code of practice to help tackle violence against women on campuses.

Recently, Oxford and Cambridge University introduced classes for freshers about sexual consent and further UK Universities and Colleges are following suit. But it’s not only undergraduates who are victims, college students, female academics and PhD students have also reported abuse in their institutions. NUS research revealed, the telling of rape and sexual assault jokes is commonplace on UK campuses, with two-thirds of the participants admitting to witnessing it in a university environment. Hidden Marks, NUS 2011.

What does the course cover?

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to provide the highest level of support to students and staff who are directly and indirectly affected by sexual assault and harassment. The course will also give you guidance on reporting structures to ensure these are clear to your audience as well as how to lead the next steps after a report has been made using approaches that minimise the effect of re-traumatising victims. Those who attend this course will gain understanding on keeping your students and staff safe from abuse.

The course will give you an understanding of :
• Harassment and abuse including
• Legislation relevant for educational institutions
• How to respond to any incidents of abuse
• How to create reporting channels that are clear to students and staff
• How to support someone to report abuse
• How to help students learn about and prevent sexual violence
• How to make students and staff who have been affected by sexual assault and/or harassment feel supported
• Practical methods to eradicate abuse on campus and address the culture which feeds into damaging treatment of women
• Policies and procedures relating to sexual abuse on campus
• Services that can guide and assist you, your institution or a survivor of abuse

Course dates and booking:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

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Who is this training suitable for?

Educational institutions committed to providing a safe environment for their students and staff.

• Identified Key Staff
• Board Governors
• Safeguarding Officers
• Campus chaplains
• Course Tutors
• Line managers
• Campus counsellors
• Student services


Women’s Aid members: £150
Non-members: £175

Note: This course is also available as a bespoke course by request, for institutions who would find tailored in-house training suitable. To request, please go to our Consultancy Services and Bespoke Training Page

Trainer profile:

Saphra Ross

Women’s Aid National Training Centre Associate Training Coordinator

Saphra has over 10 years’ experience in violence against women and girls and women’s rights. She has supported young survivors of domestic and sexual abuse through her work in Children’s Services, as well as BME women and children in refuge at BAWSO in Wales. Saphra supported the development of projects and events for women and delivered and facilitated training at NUS and NUS Wales as part of their Women’s Campaigns. Saphra practiced Criminal and Family Law in the USA through which she also provided counselling and support to women survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

In her current role, Saphra uses her experience in the domestic and sexual abuse sector and in women’s rights as a trainer for Women’s Aid National Training Centre

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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