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The Importance of Being Proactive
- Active Bystander

Bystander intervention is the act of taking action to stop or prevent harm from happening to someone else. Active bystander training teaches people how to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to intervene safely and effectively.

There are many reasons why active bystander training is important. First, it can help to prevent harmful incidents from happening in the first place. Bystanders can often intervene before a situation escalates into something more serious.

Second, active bystander training can help to create a culture of safety and respect. When people know that they are empowered to intervene, they are less likely to stand by and do nothing when they see something wrong happening.

Third, active bystander training can help to build stronger communities. When people feel like they can take action to make their community a safer place, they are more likely to feel connected and engaged.

There are many different ways to deliver active bystander training. The Garnett Foundation, offer in-person training sessions, as well as online course or virtual training programmes. The best approach will vary depending on the needs of the organisation and the participants.

No matter how it is delivered, active bystander training can have a positive impact on both the participants and the organisation. For participants, training can help them to feel more confident and empowered to intervene in harmful situations. For organisations, training can help to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

Bystander recording a scene

Here are some of the specific benefits of active bystander training:

  • Reduces the incidence of harmful incidents. Studies have shown that active bystander training can be effective in reducing the incidence of harmful incidents, such as sexual harassment, bullying, and violence.

  • Creates a culture of safety and respect. Active bystander training can help to create a culture of safety and respect by teaching people that they are responsible for intervening in harmful situations.

  • Builds stronger communities. Active bystander training can help to build stronger communities by empowering people to take action to make their community a safer place.

  • Increases bystander confidence and skills. Active bystander training can increase bystander confidence and skills by teaching them how to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to intervene safely and effectively.

  • Provides a framework for intervention. Active bystander training provides a framework for intervention by teaching people a variety of strategies for intervening in harmful situations.

If you are interested in learning more about active bystander training, click here to contact us and start the discussion in what active bystander training your organisation may wish to begin.

Bystander intervention is an important way to create a safer and more respectful world. Active bystander training can teach people the skills and confidence they need to intervene in harmful situations. If you are interested in learning more about active bystander training, I encourage you to book our Active bystander programme.

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