INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS
1.1 The University has a responsibility to protect children and vulnerable adults that staff and students of the University may have contact with in the course of their duties, or studies. This policy details the arrangements that the University has put in place to provide a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults. It applies to all staff and students within the University.
1.2 Certain individuals are disqualified from working with children and/or vulnerable adults if they work in regulated activity.
1.3 In all cases where a member of staff or a student engages in inappropriate conduct with a child or vulnerable adult, the allegations will be investigated under the relevant University procedure and details will be referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority who may decide that the individual should be placed on the disqualification lists. Please refer to Paragraphs 18-22 of this policy for further details.
1.4 A senior member of staff from each School/Directorate will be responsible for ensuring that this policy is fully implemented.
2.1 A ‘child’ is defined as meaning a person under the age of 18.
2.2 The definition of a ‘vulnerable adult’ can be found at Appendix .
2.3 Regulated Activity is activity of a specified nature or an activity that takes place in a specified setting either frequently or intensively. The definitions of regulated activity, established by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups NI Order, as applicable to the University, are at Appendix .