Keeping you safe: Spiking & Ask Angela Campaign UWS Student Union
If students at any time feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a Union space, to speak to a member of staff who are there to provide support. They can contact medical help or police on the student’s behalf. They operate the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme for incidents when an individual needs to ask for help subtly. All incidents will be reported to UWS and Police Scotland. The ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme is also available across bars and restaurants across the UK. Find out more on this via the UWS Union Instagram page @uwsstudents or watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezAbzeSGw-E&t=89s
Spiking is a criminal offence primarily targeted at women, but anyone could be at risk. There have been no reported incidents of this nature in UWS or the Student Union, however UWS are passing this safety information to all staff and students to ensure that they are aware of this safety information.
The Union have safety measures and reporting tools in place to support students. These include introducing further measures such as offering drinks covers and testing kits in their bar areas. These can be asked for when ordering drinks.
Police Scotland are encouraging anyone who believes they have had their drink spiked or been assaulted by spiking to contact Police Scotland on 101 or in an emergency 999.
Police Scotland statement regarding spiking by injection - Police Scotland
UWS and the Student Union have a zero tolerance approach to gender based violence or any form of harassment or aggression. Further information for staff and students in relation to gender-based violence can be found on Report + Support - University of the West of Scotland (uws.ac.uk)
Staff or Students on any campus can also get assistance by pressing the alert button on the SafeZone app, contact 2222 for First Aid or 0141 848 3168 for UWS Security.
UWS supports staff to support students, please remember that there is a wide range of support available for students from Student Services. Students can contact the Hub or the out-of-hours helpline 0800 028 3766 between 5pm and 9am, and 24-hours over the weekend for immediate emotional support.
All UWS staff and immediate family can instantly access free, confidential, personalised health and wellbeing advice and resources 24/7 365 days of the year via our Employee Assistance Programme, Health Assured. Contact the EAP by phone on 0844 891 0357 or log in on the web, Username: university Password: westscotland or download the My Healthy Advantage App using employer code MHA008428 and following details on how to register for interactive support for all your health needs.
Ensuring all venues are safe from assault and harassment such as drink spiking is a collective responsibility. All venues that are licensed to sell alcohol have a legal duty for public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder on their premises, and this is monitored by their local authority. These licenses to sell alcohol usually include conditions to ensure venues have appropriate security and staff training in place.
National health promotion guidance is also available from Drink spiking and date rape drugs | Drinkaware