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
There are many different types of individuals, organisations and institutions that may be targeted by extremist groups.
Extremist groups may try to take advantage of these individuals or institutions as a way to share their story with others, particularly with people who may be vulnerable to their messages.
Extremism is defined as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Our definition of extremism also includes calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.
Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
Prevent is is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy and works to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent is all about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism.
Prevent work with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation.
You may be in a position to identify and support someone who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in extremism or terrorism. See some of the signs you might see in people include:
- Susceptibility to indoctrination
- A desire for political, social or moral change
- A need to dominate and control others
- A desire for excitement and adventure
- Opportunistic involvement
- A desire for status
- Mental health issues
- Need for identity, meaning and belonging
- Involved in extreme social media networks
- Being influenced or controlled by a group
- Being at a transitional time of life
- Feelings of grievance and injustice
- Feeling under threat
If you’d like to see any of the signs above explained in more detail please click here.
None of these signs alone mean someone is, or has been, radicalised – but if you are worried about a friend, family member or someone in your community, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or if you require urgent police assistance dial 999.You can also see their guidance on radicalisation here and speak to a WMP member of staff via the website Live Chat (available every day between 8am and midnight).
If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related you can also call the confidential anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.
If you would like more information on Prevent, radicalisation or extremism, or would like to download some helpful resources, please visit the Let’s Talk About It website.
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.
Run, Hide, Tell
At the moment, the issue of terrorist attacks is regularly in the news. But it’s been on our agenda for much longer. The police and security service have been working constantly to foil terrorist attacks for years, not months. But we are not complacent about keeping you safe. Due to events in the UK and abroad, people are understandably concerned about a firearms or weapons attack. These attacks are very rare but in the event of such an attack, it helps to be prepared. Remember, attacks of this nature are still very rare in the UK.
So stay safe, and just remember:
Run, Hide, Tell
Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go, then…
Hide It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it is safe to do so…
Tell the police by calling 999
Our specially trained officers will take it from there.
To watch the film, visit:gov.uk/act
Information is vital. If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, trust your instincts and call the confidential Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. Your call could save lives.
Always in an emergency call 999