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Human Resources

 

Statement of Policy

The Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy sets out the University's approach to preventing and reducing harm to children and vulnerable adults when they are in contact with University staff, workers, volunteers or students.

The policy aims to:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults;
  • Provide assurance to parents, carers and other parties that the University takes reasonable steps to manage risks and keep children and vulnerable adults safe;
  • Ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with the necessary information, training and support on safeguarding matters;
  • Prevent the employment of individuals in work with children and/or vulnerable adults where they have been barred by the DBS or are deemed by the University to pose an unacceptable risk to vulnerable groups;
  • Ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event of any allegations or suspicions regarding harm to children or vulnerable adults arising from contact with University staff, students or volunteers,  whether the harm has taken place on University premises or not.

The Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy also seeks to manage effectively the risks associated with activities and events involving children and vulnerable adults through departments/institutions:

  • Completing a risk assessment process which involves identifying risks and means of reducing or eliminating these;
  • Implementing the required actions identified by the risk assessment process and reviewing the effectiveness of these on a regular basis;
  • Ensuring that the appropriate DBS or basic disclosure checks are conducted, depending on eligibility, for any individuals starting or moving into work which involves working with children or vulnerable adults;
  • Requiring new employees and individuals involved in working with children or vulnerable adults to familiarise themselves with the content of this policy and the associated Code of Practice.

This policy requires that any suspicions and allegations involving harm to children and vulnerable adults are referred to Human Resources Business Managers to determine what action, if any, must be taken. This will enable each situation to be investigated thoroughly, whilst treating the parties involved fairly and with sensitivity. It will also ensure that suitable steps are taken as a result of any investigations, which may include contacting the police and/or fulfilling the legal duty to refer information to the DBS as required.

The procedure for managing suspicions and allegations aims to strike a balance between the need to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and the need to protect staff, students and volunteers from false or unfounded accusations.

The Children and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy should be used as the basis of each department/institution’s approach to preventing and reducing harm to children and vulnerable adults. However, departments/institutions are encouraged to develop their own local policies and procedures to address any safeguarding matters of particular relevance to them.

Please find below a printable version of the policy: