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:
An accessible version of the briefing note is also available using the link below:
Our Good Practice Guide, Higher Education Institutions and the Legal Duty to Refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service, is also available for download.
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