The University of York is legally obliged and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people under 18 and vulnerable adults 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 vulnerable adults 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 vulnerable adults.
The University must ensure that reasonable steps to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults 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 vulnerable adults. All members of staff who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults 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.