Summary: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The University is expected and has a responsibility to take appropriate steps to safeguard
children and vulnerable adults who are on University premises and are working with its staff
and students. It also needs to consider the position of those staff and students who in the
course of their work, studies or other activities on behalf of the University are in 'regulated'
positions or otherwise in regular and unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults
either on campus or in external settings.
The University is committed to practice that is safe and to protect children and vulnerable
adults from harm as far as is possible and reasonable.
Guidance exists in documents from various organisations (Appendix A) and, as far as
children are concerned, the government advises universities to apply the principles set out in
guidance to schools and FE colleges as far as they apply to the HE context.
For the purposes of this policy:
- The definition of 'children' is young people under the age of 18 years.
- The definition of 'vulnerable adults' is that used by the Criminal Records Bureau
(CRB) : a person aged 18 or over who has a condition of the following type: i) a
learning or physical disability; ii) a physical or mental illness, chronic or otherwise,
including an addiction to alcohol or drugs; or iii) a reduction in physical or mental