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Action against spiking - The Union's next steps

Student safety in our venues is of the utmost importance to us. At the Students' Union, we host a range of events to make sure our students are getting the best possible student experience. To support this, we invest heavily in our safety initiatives to ensure all can access events, activities and support in a safe environment. In return, we require our attendees to do their part in keeping themselves and everyone around them safe.

Student safety in our venues is of the utmost importance to us. At the Students' Union, we host a range of events to make sure our students are getting the best possible student experience. To support this, we invest heavily in our safety initiatives to ensure all can access events, activities and support in a safe environment. In return, we require our attendees to do their part in keeping themselves and everyone around them safe.

 

In light of the recent spiking incidents in nightclubs, we have set forth the following safety measures:

 

We've increased searches

We have increased the number of random searches on entry into our venues. All bags are searched on entry.

 

Zero tolerance approach

Drink spiking is a crime and will be treated extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police, local authorities and Pubwatch to implement a zero-tolerance approach. 

 

Glass covers

Stop Topps drink tops and Spikey Bottle Stoppers are available in all our venues. The foil Stop Topp glass covers are available for free and we encourage all our students to ask for these at the bar to keep themselves safe.

 

Safety Posters

A number of safety posters have been put up around the SU Venues to increase awareness of the issues and consequences of drink spiking.

 

The 'Ask for Angela' scheme

We are participating in RCT's re-launch of the 'ASK FOR ANGELA' campaign to protect any person who may feel frightened during a date, or by their partner, whilst out. Our staff have been trained in taking action if someone approaches the bar and asks if they can speak with ‘Angela’. The staff will discretely remove the individual asking for Angela from the person who is causing them discomfort or distress, and ensure that the person can leave safely. In any situation where a person becomes aggressive or is making threats to harm an individual or a member of staff, the police will be called immediately.

 

Active Bystander Training

We have trained over 700 sports teams. clubs and society members in Active Bystander training.  Students are informed about consent and acceptable behaviours, and how to challenge, in a positive way, others they may witness acting in an unacceptable manner.

 

Support

We know that some of you may be worried or may have been triggered by what you’ve heard in the press and/or social media, so we wanted to let you know of the support that is available to you if you need to access it. If you would like to speak to someone, we would encourage you to reach out to the SU Officers for confidential support.  You can also access USW’s Wellbeing Service to book a Wellbeing Appointment

  • The Chaplaincy also offer compassionate support. 
  • You can download the SafeZone App so that you can contact USW security if you’re feeling concerned, or during an emergency.  You can request emergency support through the app, or even register that you’d like to speak to someone.
  • Victim Support will offer compassionate support after you’ve reported a crime, but you are also able to report through their services.
  • Rape Crisis also offer specialist support services to victims of sexual violence and assault. 
  • In an emergency always call 999. 

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need us - studunion@southwales.ac.uk |  01443 483500