7th March 2018
York College is working with York St John University, IDAS and Survive to deliver the ‘All About Respect’ campaign.
Aimed at raising student awareness of what it means to be in a healthy and respectful relationship and how to get support when things go wrong, the HEFCE funded project also sends a message of zero tolerance to harassment, abuse, sexual violence and the importance of consent.
The ‘All About Respect’ team from York St John University launched the campaign at a special event held in the College atrium, where students were encouraged to sign a ‘zero tolerance’ pledge and were asked to be ambassadors for the project. IDAS, Survive, Kyra and North Yorkshire Police were also in attendance with information stands, advising students about healthy and respectful relationships.
Dan Kettlewell, Safeguarding Officer at York College, said: “Respect in our personal and professional relationships has been highlighted in the media recently. York College is very pleased to be part of this collaborative project, which started with focus groups and a survey and is now an open dialogue with students and staff. ‘All About Respect’ will undoubtedly strengthen the prevention of sexual violence, harassment and emotional abuse. As a result we hope students and staff will have a clearer understanding of what constitutes healthy and respectful relationships.”
Nic Streatfield, Head of Student Services at York St John University, says: “Alongside York College we’ve worked to ensure that the student voice is at the heart of the ‘All About Respect’ campaign and by partnering with IDAS and Survive we’re drawing on trusted and independent expertise to advise us. It’s only by talking about and tackling these issues openly that we can make a safer and more respectful society.”