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Safeguarding Policy

The University of Warwick is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all staff, students and visitors who access its services, grounds and facilities. The University believes that people, whatever their age, gender, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, marriage/civil partnership and sexual orientation, have the right to protection from abuse. The University acknowledges in particular its responsibility to safeguard children under 18 and adults at risk at any time when they are engaging in University-run activities, whether they are on or off of the University’s campuses. This is achieved by ensuring that there are appropriate arrangements in place to enable the University to discharge its duty to provide a safe and secure environment, to prevent abuse, and to respond appropriately to suspected or reported abuse of under-18s or adults at risk.

The Relevant policies and guidance that support the University’s commitment to safeguarding our community are as follows:

Child Protection Policy and appendices and guidance notes:

University Nursery Policies and Procedures

Health and Safety Policy and associated guidance:

Wellbeing Support Services Policies and associated guidance:

Fitness to Practise for Students (including University Regulation 34)

Dignity at Warwick Policy

Suitability of Staff working with children or adults at risk

Reporting an incident / disclosure / concern relating to the safeguarding of children or adults at risk

  • For immediate advice and support out of hours, please contact Security Services on 02476 522083, noting that if any individual child or adult is perceived to be at serious risk of immediate harm off campus, the relevant emergency service should be contacted.
  • To report a child safeguarding incident, disclosure or concern:
  • Should you have a safeguarding concern or have received a disclosure in relation to an adult at risk and are not certain from the relevant policy above about what you should do, contact the University’s Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding as the accountable senior officer for safeguarding by emailing

Legal Framework and Government Guidance:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000
  • The Education Act (2002) Section 175
  • The Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • The Children Acts of 1989 and 2004
  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • The Care Act 2014
  • DBS Code of Practice November 2015
  • Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016

Other useful information

Health and Safety Executive: Children and Young People in the Workplace

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) 


Disclosure and Barring Service

While the above listed policies and guidance collectively underpin the University’s provision of a safe and secure environment and support the fulfilment of the University’s statutory duties, the University is working towards further integrating the range of policies that contribute to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.