Reporting to Equality Diversity and Inclusion, the full-time roles of Dignity & Respect Support Advisers will work proactively with employees and students who disclose issues of bullying and harassment and those who are reported. These Advisers, who are experienced and trained to support, respond and advise on all reports of a dignity and respect nature, will provide you with a supportive, confidential environment in which to discuss the issues and support you to make a decision that is right for you and your situation.
As a reporting person, these roles will provide support and work with you in relation to the steps to seeking a solution to the issues you are experiencing but the decision will rest with you as to how you would like the issue to be resolved. They can also assist you in making a formal complaint if you wish to do so and continue providing that support throughout the formal complaints process which may include accompanying you to investigation meetings and the provision of aftercare support following any informal or formal interventions.
As a person being reported, the Dignity & Respect Support Advisers are also available to support you if you have been accused of carrying out such behaviour however different advisers will support the various people involved to avoid a conflict of interest. If a formal compliant has been made, they will provide information as to what this will normally entail. They may accompany you to investigations and also provide aftercare support.
The Dignity & Respect Support Advisers will also support, and work closely with, the panel of Dignity and Respect Contact Persons, who are trained voluntary support roles available to those experiencing issues of a dignity and respect nature. Further information on these roles are available in the Support and Guidance document.
The Dignity & Respect Support Adviser roles are available during normal working hours, however in the case of emergency the Duty Manager in Estate Services is available at any time day or night on 716 7999 and has a direct contact the Gardaí (Police) if required.