Working with Children and Adults at Risk
Across the University many people work with children and/or adults at risk and it is essential that suitable safeguarding arrangements are put in place.
The following information is for all students, employees and members of the extended workforce who work with children and adults at risk for, or on behalf of, the University.
A ‘child’ is defined by the Children’s Act as meaning a person under the age of 18.
An adult at risk is defined as a person aged 18 or over, whose exposure to harm, through abuse, exploitation or neglect may be increased by their:
- Personal characteristics (including, but not limited to, age, disability, special education needs, illness, mental or physical frailty or impairment, or disturbance in the functioning of the mind/brain.)
- Life Circumstances (including, but not limited to, isolation, socio-economic factors and environmental living conditions.
You must adhere to the safeguarding arrangements that have been put in place within your School/Directorate (links 4 and 5). If the activity is ‘regulated’ you will also be required to complete a criminal history check (link 1), you may be required to seek a Certificate of Good Conduct (link 2) and to make ongoing criminal history disclosures (link 3). Your School/Directorate will confirm whether the activity is regulated and checks are required.