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Briefing Note: Defining Safeguarding in Higher Education

On 26th July 2023, 108 participants from around 90 institutions and organisations attended our online ‘Policy Pitstop’ event - Defining Safeguarding in Higher Education - introduced by Susan O’Donnell, Specialist Consultant and Trainer at Plinth House.

The event explored the way that the term ‘safeguarding’ is increasingly being used within the higher education sector to describe incidents and scenarios that go beyond the legal safeguarding duties placed on institutions, in their dealings with Under 18s and Adults at Risk.

In response to the confusion resulting from this inconsistency in language and definitions, Susan outlined a back-to-basics reminder on these legal responsibilities and led a discussion with participants to explore the implications for the sector.

We've created a briefing note summarising the key information from the event and including some of observations from those that participated in the discussion.

To access the PDF briefing note, use the link below:

Briefing Note - Defining Safeguarding in Higher Education - August 2023 - Plinth House
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An accessible version of the briefing note is also available using the link below:

Briefing Note - Defining Safeguarding in Higher Education - August 2023 - Plinth House - A
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Looking for support with your safeguarding responsibilities?

We have an upcoming half-day online ticketed event - Safeguarding for student-facing staff in higher education - on Wednesday 13th March 2024. This condensed session focuses on identifying safeguarding concerns when working with students and responding appropriately within higher education's legal and regulatory context. This course is on a par with Level 2 safeguarding courses, when compared to the 'Level' accreditation that applies in Healthcare settings, and covers both U18s and Adults at Risk within the context of HE.

Due to the level of demand, we are not currently taking further bookings for Safeguarding-related training or consultancy work, where this work relates to preventing and tackling abuse or neglect of under 18s and adults at risk. We are continuing to take bookings for training and consultancy projects that relate to broader student wellbeing support, welfare support, managing student distress, mental health support and serious incident management.

You are still welcome to contact us or book an appointment for an informal video call to have a initial discussion about your requirements and we can confirm our future availability, once we know more about the specific type of training or consultancy support that you would find helpful. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to be kept up to date on our latest updates, insights and events.


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