The University is committed to providing a safe community to work and study in. This includes safeguarding the welfare of children, adults ‘at risk’, and protecting those most vulnerable.

These obligations extend to all who access our services, grounds or facilities and participate in our activities, including staff, students, contractors and volunteers/visitors, as well as individuals who engage with the University through research and innovation activities.

Safeguarding in the context of the University also refers more broadly to concerns about the wellbeing of students, staff and visitors and encompasses our Prevent Duty.

Protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, victimisation, exploitation, neglect, abuse, sexual harassment and violence is fundamental to creating a safe learning and working environment. 

Abusive behaviours can take many forms, including, but not limited to: 
  • physical abuse 
  • emotional or psychological abuse 
  • sexual abuse (ongoing, recent or which happened in the past) 
  • neglect 
  • domestic abuse/gender-based violence (and its impact on victims and their children who witness it) 
  • child criminal exploitation 
  • financial abuse 
  • discriminatory abuse 
  • modern slavery.

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