Active Bystander Training

Developing Tools and Techniques to Challenge Inappropriate Behaviour and Language

Sometimes a situation just doesn’t feel right………

It could be inappropriate comments or behaviour, it could be the way someone is being treated, you may suspect bullying or harassment. It may be asking someone to do something they are reluctant to do but you know it is the right thing. There are far too many times where someone could say or do something to help diffuse that situation or stand up to someone; but they do not for a variety of reasons.

Being an active bystander means being aware of a situation and choosing to take action.

Research shows that active bystander intervention can be an effective way of stopping a wide range of behaviours that otherwise could cause some form of harm.

Organisational Value

  • Provides all staff members with the tools and techniques they need to challenge inappropriate behaviour - both in the workplace and outside of work
  • Ensures everyone knows what an Active Bystander is and why it is important that everyone becomes Active Bystanders
  • Creates a respectful and psychologically safe culture within your organisation
  • Active Bystander training helps support your Diversity and Inclusion awareness programmes
  • Active Bystander training forms part of a culture of 'allyship' within the workplace

Active Bystander Training

Personal Value

  • Develop self-confidence to find your voice and to speak up or step into a problem/situation
  • Learn techniques to becoming an Active Bystander
  • Recognise that someone may need help
  • Develop body language, situational awareness, and listening skills
  • Feel responsible and confident to act when behaviour is negatively impacting you or someone else.
  • The tools and techniques you will learn are appropriate in both a face to face and virtual environments and can be shared with family and friends to ensure we all become Active Bystanders.

Format of the Training

The programme is run over 1 day.

The format provides a blend of facilitator-led input and participant discussion in a highly interactive virtual workshop, combined with a virtual ‘Action Learning’ approach in small groups so the learning is reinforced and applied to the specific and immediate needs of each participant.

Delegates attend both elements

The workshop in the morning is a 2-2.5 hour session and then the virtual collaborative learning sessions take place afterwards in smaller groups and for 1.5 hours.

We recommend 8-10 participants

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Avoid 'Toxic' Work Culture

Read our recent blog post regarding the role Active Bystanders can play to help 'toxic' cultures in the workplace.