A suite of qualifications
for professionals working with young people in education environments
developed by St Mary’s University, London in collaboration with the Alice Ruggles Trust

SAfEE is an Ofqual-registered suite of qualifications aimed at educating young people about stalking and coercive control.

Why do we need SAfEE?

Stalking poses a significant threat in the UK, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience stalking in their lifetime (ONS 2019).

Whilst in recent years, stalking has received significant attention from the media, criminal justice system, and beyond, it is still a crime that is not identified, is often minimised, under-reported and misunderstood.

Stalking is a pattern of unwanted, fixated and obsessive behaviour. Its impact on victims is severe: it can cause high levels of alarm and distress, affect mental and physical health and in high-risk cases, can lead to violence and death.

Professionals working with young people in education environments need to be aware of the warning signs and of the crucial initial steps to follow if someone is being subjected to stalking, relationship abuse or coercive control.

There are three course options available:

Each of these courses is delivered online and contains a mixture of live presentation, video material and live interaction between learners and the course tutor.

This one-day qualification is uniquely designed for those working with young people in a variety of education environments. The qualification aims to develop learners’ stalking awareness and their understanding of the crucial initial steps to follow if someone is subjected to stalking, so that they can support good practice and safety when working with young people. Learners will be provided with useful resources to support their role within their education environments including a SAfEE Stalking in Education Guide, a stalking awareness presentation, training videos and the PSHE Association teaching resources that have been developed in collaboration with the Alice Ruggles Trust. Please note that learners must complete a short case study for the assessment.

This course is suitable for learners who already work with young people. This includes youth workers, coaches, mentors, student services, wellbeing advisors and private training providers as well as teachers operating in active leisure environments, youth development settings, schools, colleges and universities. N.B. Learners must be employed in an education environment.

The cost of the course is £55.

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On this two-day course SAfEE Campaigners will gain detailed knowledge of stalking, how to recognise stalking behaviours and what to do to help someone that is being stalked. They will then apply this knowledge to the research, planning, design and execution of their own stalking awareness campaigns. The qualification aims to develop learners’ skills in campaigning, and will introduce learners to different forms of integrated communications including building digital campaigns, video and audio productions. Please note that learners must complete a campaign for the assessment.

This qualification is suitable for learners who aspire to work in campaigning and charity work around stalking, sexual violence and domestic abuse prevention. It can also support learners who hope to secure positions working with young people or those who want to work within the support service sector. Learners do not need to already work in an education environment.

The cost of the course is £100.

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This free two-hour on-line training session will provide teachers and school support staff with the tools and confidence to recognise stalking, relationship abuse and coercive control.

It will cover how to spot signs and the confidence to intervene and support students and young people. Participants will hear about what stalking is and how it can impact lives by listening to Alice’s story. Following the course, participants will have access to resources to use in class and signposting to professional support services.

The course will be delivered by Associate Professor in Criminology and Sociology at St Mary’s, Dr Maria Mellins.

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St Mary’s University and the Alice Ruggles Trust have worked together with Transcend Awards to develop the SAfEE Ambassador and SAfEE Campaigner courses.

The training session on How to Identify and Respond to Stalking, Relationship Abuse and Coercive Control is being delivered by St Mary’s University in partnership with the Alice Ruggles Trust and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as part of their strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.