Welcome to your new university – we hope you have an amazing few years here!
We are Safer Students, part of West Midlands Police. Our job is to keep you safe- right from the get go on arrivals weekend, straight through till the finish line at graduation.
University is an exciting time, but we understand it can also be incredibly daunting. Because of this we’ve put together a neat little website to provide you with all the help and guidance you need to keep you and your friends safe.
Help and support will always be available should you need it. Whether that’s from your university or the police. Should you run into any trouble and need some advice or support, your local university engagement officer will be there help you. Their details can be found on our Safer Students website.
So check us out on www.saferstudents.co.uk and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @SaferStudents
All the best,
Safer Students Team
Rape and Sexual Violence
West Midlands Police treats all instances of rape and sexual assault very seriously.
Sexual assault and sexual abuse are serious crimes. It is important that you report your assault to us so that we can find who is responsible for attacking you and help prevent someone else from being attacked. If you know the person we want to ensure they are held responsible for their actions.
Specially trained officers (STO) will deal with all cases in a discreet and professional manner. We take every report of rape and sexual assault seriously, and will investigate each instance thoroughly.
Everybody who reports a sexual assault to the police will be taken to a Rowan Centre, where they will be able to talk to the police in a comfortable environment, receive medical treatment, support from Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, and will be offered advice around the support available.
If you or anybody you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 to receive help and support. In an emergency always contact 999.
For further information please visit West Midlands Police website.
Horizon sexual assault referral centres
Horizon Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a dedicated service offering support and advice for men, women and children who have experienced rape. Visit their website here.
Worried about extremism
WMP has a dedicated counter terrorism unit (CTU) based in Birmingham but operating as part of a national CT police network.
Our ‘Prevent’ work provides support not only reassurance to vulnerable groups aims to tackle the underlying causes of terrorism and diminish support for terrorists.
The objectives for ‘Prevent’ nationally and locally are to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health) where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address
Uniformed counter terrorism officers- called Security and Partnerships Officers – are now working across key neighbourhoods to promote ‘Prevent’ within their areas. You may already have seen or met the officers working at your university, they are part of the commitment to bring the whole community together to defeat violent extremism.
The prevent team has a Facebook page which details all the work they carry out across the force area www.facebook.com/wmctupreventteam
If you have any concerns relating to terrorism you can ask to speak to your local Security and Partnerships Officer by calling 101. Or you can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. This service is staffed 24/7 by CT officers who will make an initial assessment of the information you give us and then, where appropriate, pass it on to local officers to look into. Don’t worry you will be wasting our time. We would much rather your concerns turn out to be nothing than we miss something important.
For more information about the West Midlands counter terrorism unit please visit the main WMP website here
Victim of hate crime
A Hate Incident is defined as:
- Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
- The perception of the victim or any other person is the defining factor in determining a hate incident. The apparent lack of motivation as the cause of an incident is not relevant, as it is the perception of the victim or any other person that counts. The prejudice or hate perceived can be based on any identifying factor including disability, age, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and race.
- A victim of a hate crime incident does not have to be a member of a minority group or someone who is generally considered to be vulnerable. For example, a heterosexual man who is verbally abused leaving a gay bar may well perceive that it is motivated by homophobia although he himself is not gay. Therefore, effectively anyone can be the victim of a hate incident.
A hate crime or hate incident can be reported in a number of ways:
- Contact the police directly
- The advice centre in your student’s union has been established as a hate crime reporting centre, and staff will be able to give you self-reporting packs.
- There is also a language helpline number – 0121 626 5121 – to help you report hate crime in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali
We would advise all of our international students to get to know their university police officer. They will be able to provide you with advice and support as you settle in to your new surroundings
Download the following leaflet for advice on how to stay safe during your time in the UK.
UKCISA is the advisory body for international students in the UK. Visit them for advice on all aspects of studying in the.