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Avon and Somerset Free Bystander Intervention Training

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Avon and Somerset OPCC has partnered with NTES to provide FREE Bystander Intervention Training for those who own, manage, or work in a business in Avon and Somerset's nighttime economy.


This initiative seeks to empower businesses across the Avon and Somerset region with effective interventions geared towards enhancing the safety of women and girls in public areas while addressing violence against them.

To sign up for this free training, please follow the links below.

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What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander intervention is a proactive approach designed to empower individuals to help and prevent or address harmful situations before they escalate. This strategy is particularly vital in combating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) within community settings, especially in the Night Time Economy. 

Key Components of Bystander Intervention:

  • Awareness: The first step involves recognising situations that may lead to harassment, abuse, or violence. It includes understanding the dynamics of such incidents and the impact they have on women's safety in public spaces and during nighttime activities.

  • Responsibility: Bystander intervention emphasises that preventing abuse is everyone’s responsibility. It aims to move individuals from being passive observers to being active participants in safeguarding their community.

  • Action: This involves equipping bystanders with the skills and confidence to act safely and effectively. Actions can range from direct intervention in a situation to seeking help from authorities or providing support to the victim.

What does the Bystander Intervention Training cover?

Bystander intervention training aims to educate individuals on how to recognise potentially harmful situations and intervene safely and effectively. It shifts participants from passive observers to proactive defenders, actively helping to prevent harassment, abuse, or violence.


Through these interactive sessions, participants will:

  • Understand the root causes and various forms of VAWG.

  • Learn about the role of bystanders in prevention and overcoming barriers to intervention.

  • Engage in discussions to challenge myths and stereotypes surrounding VAWG.

  • Gain practical strategies to support and challenge others in real-life situations.

What's included in the training package?

  • Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT): Join our training sessions either in person or virtually. Register for the training below, and access the full schedule of training sessions happening in your area.

  • E-Learning Training Hub: Enjoy two years of unlimited access to our comprehensive online platforms where you can engage with peers, access training materials, and utilise tools for ongoing learning and collaboration.

  • Online Resource Database: Gain access to a wide array of resources, including intervention principles and support services, to continually reinforce training principles.

  • Template Policies: Download key policy templates directly from the learning hub to align with best practices in safeguarding, anti-sexual harassment, and anti-drink spiking.

  • Automatic Certification: Upon completion of any training mode, receive a certificate automatically to acknowledge your commitment and understanding of bystander intervention strategies.

Why should you take this training?

The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 is due to come into force on 26 October 2024.There is now a new duty for employers to take “reasonable steps” to prevent sexual harassment of their employees in the course of their employment. This includes unwanted conduct of a “sexual nature,” as defined in the Equality Act. While the law has been primarily introduced to protect women, it applies equally to people of all genders.

The recent changes now impose a separate legal obligation on all employers to take proactive measures to prevent sexual harassment. By undergoing Bystander Intervention Training, business can prepare in fulfilling this legal obligation.


This training equips participants with the knowledge and skills to recognise and intervene in situations where sexual harassment may occur. By taking proactive steps to prevent harassment in the workplace, individuals not only contribute to creating a safer and more respectful environment but meet legal responsibilities in regards to The Worker Protection Act 2023.

Training Courses

E-Learning Courses

Dive into flexible learning at your own pace and convenience with our narrated virtual courses. Accessible 24/7, you have the freedom to revisit material whenever it suits you best. Enjoy the autonomy to tailor your learning journey to fit seamlessly into your schedule.

Instructor-Led Training (ILT)

Join us for enriching learning experiences led by seasoned trainers in your local community. Benefit from face-to-face interaction, hands-on activities, and immediate feedback in a supportive environment. Discover the power of in-person training to deepen your understanding of bystander intervention techniques.

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Immerse yourself in interactive learning led by expert trainers from the comfort of your own space. Engage in real-time discussions, activities, and personalised guidance through online sessions, ensuring a dynamic and collaborative learning experience.

The project manager from NTES is Charlie Mackellar.

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