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Safeguarding

Teesside University ('the University') aims to adopt high standards in relation to the safety and welfare of Children, Young People and Adults at Risk.

The University has a duty of care in respect of the afore-mentioned groups and has legal obligations, such as those contained within the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

The University's approach to safeguarding is outlined in the Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy.

Groups covered by the University's Safeguarding Policy:

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is generally regarded as the promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and can be further described as follows:

  • protecting children and adults at risk from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of the health or development of children and adults at risk
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and adults at risk to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, adults at risk and families has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

University staff are responsible for reporting any concerns they have about a child, young person, adult at risk or student at risk of radicalisation to their Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Why is safeguarding relevant to Teesside University?

  • Some of our students are under 18. More information about safeguarding students aged under 18
  • Widening Participation undertake outreach activity with children and young people
  • Many placements may involve children, young people and adults at risk, particularly in clinical disciplines
  • Research projects may involve children, young people and adults at risk. The safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk who are involved in research is the responsibility of the University's Research, Ethics and Integrity Committee
  • The University hosts work experience students and may engage with young people on apprenticeships or pre-apprenticeships
  • Students may be at risk of radicalisation
  • Disabled students and those with long term medical conditions may be considered adults at risk
  • Students or staff may have children or siblings under 18 about whom we have cause for concern.

Read the Policy on Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk