College hosts national White Ribbon conference

From left, Ikram Butt, Chris Green and Brian Mitchell of the White Ribbon Campaign

Bradford College played host to a national conference on tackling domestic violence.

Ambassadors for the White Ribbon UK charity – which works to end male violence against women - gathered at the college on Friday for the annual get together to take part in training sessions, discussions and networking opportunities.

Guest speakers included Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Naz Shah MP, the founder of White Ribbon UK, Chris Green, Tanny Shaffi, a safeguarding Investigator with West Yorkshire Police, Sally Deane, director of Bradford Women’s Aid and Ikram Butt, the former dual-code rugby international.

Among the topics for focus were teaching boys healthy relationships; how trade unions can mobilise men to act as agents of change in the workplace; domestic abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community; honour-based violence and  forced marriage; how men can oppose cuts to women’s refuges and services and what should be in the forthcoming Domestic Violence Bill.

Bradford College has been accredited by White Ribbon UK since 2014 and Brian Mitchell, Head of School - Social Care and Community Practice, is chair of White Ribbon UK.

He said: “The work of the White Ribbon Campaign is vital in raising awareness of issues relating to masculinity in the 21st Century. The college has been central to the discussion nationally in how to promote the campaign and how it can have a lasting impact within education settings.”  

 

 

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