Bystander Intervention Seminar Learnings

Bystander Intervention

As part of our #SaferCultureSaferSport Campaign on the 12th June we ran a free online seminar about Bystander Interventions. This covered what a bystander is & how bystanders can intervene to help prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG). Here is a summary of the event if you were unable to attend as well as the relevant documents for further learning.

The instances of violence against women and girls are subject to ongoing scrutiny in both the media and by Government.

The rise of the #MeToo movement across the globe as well as the information posted on the “Everyone’s Invited” website in the UK has highlighted the need to challenge deep-seated misogynistic behaviours. We need to be able to recognise and understand the impact that “rape culture” has on young men and the devastating consequences on women and girls when this type of behaviour becomes normalised.

Challenging abusive and harmful behaviours, speaking out and calling out (or calling in!) others, as well as raising concerns, can all contribute to creating safer cultures within any organisation including sport & activity clubs and groups.

The session explored:

  • Bystander interventions-the key ideas.
  • The four stages of bystander interventions.
  • Why people do not intervene or get involved.
  • What influences misogyny.
  • How to effectively intervene.
  • How to start the conversation in your organisation.

This session was delivered by Kevin Murphy, Safeguarding in Sport Lead at NWG Network.

NWG is a UK network of over 14,500 practitioners working on issues including child exploitation (CE) and trafficking in the UK.

NWG are currently delivering their unique bystander intervention training to sports organisations across their partner areas.

Please see below the relevant documents to download from the presentation. 

  1. Bystander Interventions links to resources
  2. Bystander Interventions Presentation Slides
  3. Toxic Masculinity Fact Sheet