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Safeguarding of young people under 18 and adults at risk

The Safeguarding Framework details how staff and students can report concerns, suspicions or allegations of harm. If you are concerned that someone is in immediate risk of harm you should contact emergency services on 999 or 101 or contact campus security on 01904 32 3333


Safeguarding of young people under 18 and adults at risk

The University of York is legally obliged and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people under 18 and adults at risk who access its activities or services. These include visits to the campus, users of the campus nursery, registered students who are under 18, children and adults at risk who come onto University premises as part of organised activities such as visits or summer schools and University staff and students engaged in activities off campus, including widening participation activities in local schools and volunteering. Also taken into consideration are the requirements for some students, as part of their course, to work with or undertake research or placements that will bring them into contact with children or adults at risk.

The University must ensure that reasonable steps to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk are taken and that relevant legislation and government guidance are complied with. In accordance with Aimhigher and the City of York Safeguarding Board the University has appointed the Academic Registrar as University’s lead member of staff in relation to safeguarding issues.

A number of procedures and guidelines have been established and agreed within the University to work towards ensuring fulfilment of the duty of care towards young people and adults at risk. All members of staff who come into contact with children and adults at risk are in a position of trust and are responsible for being aware of this and act accordingly in ensuring their role in the University’s duty of care is fully carried out.

Local Safeguarding Officers

Local Safeguarding Officers

The Local Safeguarding Officers are a group of trained safeguarding professionals who volunteer to provide a student and peer support service across all departments at the University of York. While there are specific roles in place, raising awareness of safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

Visit the Local Safeguarding Officers page for information on:

  • The roles, responsibilities and structure of the team
  • Key contacts
  • How to join the team

Information on the Local Safeguarding Officers

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Safeguarding reporting form

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