Legal Services and Employee Relations
Legal Services at Queen’s has responsibility for looking after case management legal advice as well as oversight of the university’s safeguarding arrangements for children and adults at risk.
Advice and guidance on contracts, terms and conditions, data sharing agreements, non-disclosure agreement and policies and procedures is available in this section. Please Note: Legal Services does not provide personal legal advice to members of staff or students.
- Derek Weir, Head of Legal Administration
- Mary Gallen, Employee Relations Officer
- Nichola McKay, Legal Services Assistant
- Olivia Mulryne, Clerical Officer (part-time)
- Derek Weir, Head of Legal Administration
- SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK
The University’s safeguarding policies and arrangements are available on the University’s intranet site.
The current arrangements and policy documents were launched on 28 June 2021. The information has been formatted into sections to be easily accessible for each user group e.g. line managers/responsible people, countersignatories and those working with children and adults at risk.
Working with Children and Adults at Risk
If you have applied for a post or course of studies that involves working with children and adults at risk, but you do not yet have access to the intranet site, the information you need is available on the Working with Children and Adults at Risk pages.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child or adult at risk that the University engages with, you can raise these with the University’s Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) or Deputy Safeguarding Officer at the following email address email@example.com. However, if you are a child or adult at risk, you may not feel comfortable speaking with a stranger. If so, please speak to someone who you feel you can trust. This may be:
- a parent/carer
- another family member
- a teacher/classroom assistant
- someone within the University that has worked with you – this could be a safe person or a key contact
- Childline (Contacting Childline | Childline)
If you are the parents/carer of a child, you will have received an information sheet which sets out the contact details for the safeguarding contact for the activity your child is involved. In the first instance you may want to contact the safeguarding contact for the event/activity. You can, of course, contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer directly.
It can be difficult to raise concerns, especially if you suspect there is an issue, but are not certain, or have no evidence. Uncertainty can prevent people from coming forward as they worry that they are wrong. However, be assured that it is for professionals to consider the information available to determine whether further investigations are required, or not. The best thing to do is share the information you have, or your concerns, so the appropriate action can be taken by relevant people.
All concerns will be fully investigated by the University and referrals will be made (where appropriate) to the PSNI, the relevant Social Services Gateway Team, and/or the Disclosure and Barring Service for a barring decision.
- OTHER USEFUL LINKS
A number of other University Departments provide advice on particular legal topics and should be contacted in the first instance:
Data Protection Issues and Freedom of Information - contact the Information Compliance Unit, Registrar's Office
Insurance / Commercial Contracts - contact the Finance Directorate
Intellectual Property and Contracts - contact the Research and Enterprise Directorate
Health and Safety - contact the Occupational Health Service and the University Safety Service
Planning and Property - contact the Estates Diretorate
Research Grants and Collaborations - contact the Research Finance Office
Student Discipline - contact the Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs
Diversity and Equality Issues - contact the Diversity and Inclusion Unit
Support for Students with Disabilities - contact Disability Services
The following organisations are useful additional sources of information in relation to staff/student cases and legislative updates:
Students - Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education
News and Educational Resources for College Professionals and Teachers - Times Higher Education Supplement