Dignity Advisers Network
Purpose of the Dignity Advisers Network
Dignity Advisers will play a vital role in promoting a positive University environment in which people are treated fairly and with respect, and encouraging all university staff to play a role in creating and maintaining an environment in which harassment, bullying and victimisation are understood to be unacceptable forms of behaviour.
The development of a network of advisers is intended to ensure that all staff have access to clear, informed, sensitive and confidential advice and support to address difficulties in the workplace and study environment. Dignity Advisers will meet as a network to identify common concerns and contribute to the development of positive and preventative action in order to improve communications and relationships between and amongst University staff. While advisers are not expected to act as Counsellors, they will have access to Staff Counselling to explore any emotional feelings or conflicts arising through the role.
The Duties of the Dignity Adviser Role are to:
- Provide objective and confidential advice and information to individuals or groups on the courses of action available to them if they believe themselves to be the subject of harassment or bullying.
- Provide a friendly and supportive environment to individuals who are distressed by concerns about harassment and bullying, recognising the point at which it is appropriate to refer to other services (such as the Counselling Service or Occupational Health).
- Provide objective and confidential advice, information and a friendly supportive environment to individuals whose behaviour has been challenged as harassing or bullying (an adviser will not be expected to advise both parties to a dispute).
- Identify allegations which may be beyond the remit of the role and refer these cases as appropriate.
- Maintain confidentially and securely brief notes of any advice or support given and provide confidential feedback to the Dignity Advisers Network Co-ordinator as required.
- Raise awareness of the Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the support available for staff who believe themselves to be experiencing harassment or bullying.
- Attend required training and network meetings.