Available as a series of virtual events, delivered via Zoom or MS Teams
In March 2021, the CIPD reported that bullying and harassment continues to be a significant problem in UK workplaces, with a recent survey showing that one in four employees had experienced ‘bullying, intimidation or harassment’ at work, with the same proportion reporting ‘shouting or heated arguments and verbal abuse or insult.’
Despite the unacceptable incidence of bullying and harassment in the workplace, many experiencing or witnessing incidents do not report them for a number of reasons ranging from being unsure whether the event was serious enough to report, through to a lack of belief in the organisation’s willingness to deal with the situation.
A 2018 report published by the Cabinet Office into Bullying, Harassment and Misconduct in the Civil Service included in its recommendations the need for organisations to “educate staff on what bullying, harassment and misconduct looks like in tangible terms, and provide opportunities for staff to seek confidential advice on the range of pathways and remedies available to them as victims and witnesses”. In response, as a means of tackling the issue within their organisations, many employers have introduced the concept of ‘anti-bullying champions’, members of staff who have volunteered to offer support to colleagues who have concerns about bullying and harassment.
This programme is aimed at those taking on the role of anti-bullying champions and other staff who support colleagues concerned about bullying and harassment, providing them with the knowledge, confidence and skills need to succeed in the role. The programme includes practice sessions with actor/facilitators so participants can experience offering practical support in a safe environment.
To provide anti-bullying champions and others providing support to those concerned about bullying with the knowledge, confidence and communication skills needed to provide the necessary empathy and support required when communicating with colleagues who believe they are experiencing or have been accused of harassment and/or bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Champions training programme is a blended programme consisting of two elements:
On completion of the programme, participants will be able to:
Session 2 A
Session 2 B