Risky Behaviours;

We understand that tenants are adults and make their own choices, however we have a duty of care to ensure that all tenants in our properties are able to live safely and in comfort.

This section covers some risky behaviours that can leave people in very vulnerable situations, emotionally, mentally and physically. If you feel that your behaviour or the behaviour of someone else is putting you or others at risk of harm you should report it and ask for help and support.

Drinking

We understand that a large part of the student experience is the development of new friendships and social networks and that this often involves social events, parties, alcohol and sadly on occasion other substances. Going out and having fun is great, but you need to keep yourself safe.

Substances

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the use of drugs for recreational purposes, however the fact remains that the possession and use of mind altering substances for non-medical purposes remains illegal. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is intended to prevent the non-medical use of certain drugs. Drugs subject to this Act are known as ‘controlled’ drugs. The law defines a series of offences, including unlawful supply, intent to supply, import or export (all these are collectively known as ‘trafficking’ offences), and unlawful production.  The main difference from the Medicines Act is that the Misuse of Drugs Act also prohibits unlawful possession.

Whether a substance is illegal or not the fact of the matter is that any drug or substance that has the potential to alter perception also has the potential to cause physical, emotional or mental harm as well as leaving people in very vulnerable situations.

Current statistics state that on average 79% of students have tried an illegal substance.

1:4 pyschotic events among students have been exacerbated by the use of substances.

If you are involved in the use of substances be aware of your own safety and those of others around you. Think carefully about what you are taking and the risks involved.

Don’t bow to peer pressure - if you don’t want to do it - DON’T!

If you have taken something and feel unwell get help, the effects of many substances can be different from person to person, just because your friend is ok with it, does not mean you will be.

If you need help with issues around the use of substances see the contact list at the back

REMEMBER: Even if you choose to use substances, those around you may not!

Sex Work:

The cost of being a student at university has risen phenomenally over the last few years, and more and more students are struggling to maintain a financial balance.

This has led directly to a significant rise in student sex workers, both male and female, with more than 10% of students across the UK now involved in some form of sex work, including acting as ‘Sugar Babies’, cam models and escorts.

Whilst being paid for sex in the UK is not illegal, certain aspects of sex work, such as soliciting for sex are illegal.

More importantly is the vulnerability of sex workers, both male and female. There is the obvious vulnerability of being with someone you don’t know or don’t know well in what is a very private and personal situation.

Less obvious is the stigma and discrimination suffered by those involved in sex work.  Further to this many students who have been involved in sex work find they have struggled afterwards with self-esteem, anxiety, depression and in some case PTSD.

If you are, or someone you know is involved and you would like to discuss support contact the Tenancy Support & Wellbeing Coordinator for advice .

For further information, hints and tips use the link below for Unipol's Tenancy Support Guide;

https://www.unipolhousing.org.uk/unipol-tenants/living-in-the-property/tenancy-support/tenancy-support-guide/