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University of Warwick Child Protection Policy

These pages contain information about the University of Warwick's Child Protection Policy, the primary aim of which is to provide an environment in which those under the age of 18 are safe from harm. We also recognise the responsibility of other agencies to ensure the protection of children from harm. The Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding is currently the University Designated Person for Safeguarding.

University of Warwick Child Protection Policy

1. The University of Warwick aims to provide an environment in which those under the age of 18 are safe from harm and recognises other agencies’ responsibilities to ensure the protection of children from harm.

2. Under this policy, following guidelines issued by the Department of Health to Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCS), child safeguarding is intended to cover:

  • Any concerns about a child being the subject of significant harm
  • Any situation in which a child is making allegations of significant harm
  • Any knowledge or concerns about an adult who may present a risk of harm towards a child, including anyone known or suspected to have committed offences involving children

3. This policy is coordinated by the Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding to whom any questions about the policy or its operation should be referred (via safeguarding@warwick.ac.uk).

4. The policy does not cover external contractors.

5. It is the responsibility of the organiser(s), whether members of the University or external bodies or individuals, of any activities, events or conferences involving under 18s which use University facilities to make all the necessary child protection arrangements in connection with such activity including:

  • Undertaking an appropriate risk assessment
  • Ensuring that all staff are properly trained and briefed, including on procedures for dealing with concerns about child safeguarding
  • Seeking appropriate levels of DBS checks for all staff involved
  • Ensuring appropriate insurance arrangements are in place

6. The admission of a student under the age of 18 (at the point of admission) to a course of study at the University shall be considered by the Committee on the Admission of Students to Course of Study. Admitting a child who is under the age of 16 on entry will not be permitted, though deferred entry could be considered.

7. A brief guide for all staff on how to respond if a child or young person begins describing possible harm to you is included at Appendix A.

8. Any child safeguarding concerns, disclosures or allegations of abuse shall be reported immediately to the University’s Designated Person for Safeguarding (ideally through the online form or via an email to safeguarding@warwick.ac.uk).

9. It will be the responsibility of the Designated Person, or their nominated alternative, to maintain an accurate record of all concerns raised and action taken.

10. It is expected that those departments and services of the University which deal frequently with under 18s (for example the University Nursery, and the Centre for Teacher Education) will have in place their own detailed child safeguarding policies relevant to the activities undertaken. Copies of these policies and any which are used locally and approved by the University's Designated Person will also be held by the Designated Person.

11. Where research is to be undertaken, which involved under 18s, specific ethical considerations apply and these will be considered through the normal processes for the ethical approval of research projects. Consideration should be given as to whether associated DBS checks, risk assessments and safeguarding training should be undertaken.

12. Where a student under the age of 18 is admitted to the University and is to be placed in a University Residence, the responsibilities outlined under item 5, above, will be exercised by the Head of Wellbeing Support.

13. Where a known offender is admitted to, or employed by, the University, the responsibilities outlined under item 5, above, will be exercised by the Head of Wellbeing Support, or in the case of staff members, the Director of Human Resources.

14. With respect to individuals described under items 11 and 12, department heads will develop appropriate and pragmatic measures in consultation with the Designated Person to ensure that the responsibilities outlined under item 5 are satisfied.

15. The University’s policies in respect of employment and work experience of children and young people under the age of 18 are on the following Health and Safety webpages: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/healthsafetywellbeing/guidance/childrenandyoungpeople .