Children, young people and vulnerable adults on campus
The University is an institution that formerly would have seen very few children, young people and vulnerable adults on campus. However due to the changing student population, the changing domestic needs of staff, the use of the campus for organised educational activities, social and sporting events this is no longer the case. In addition the University permits all members of the public, including children, young people and vulnerable adults to access to its campus grounds and has, as a consequence, legal responsibilities towards them.
For supervised activities, all organisations working with, or providing activities for, children or young people have a responsibility to protect and safeguard their welfare. The Protection of Children Act 1999 (PCA) goes a long way towards ensuring that where people have been identified and considered unsuitable to work with children that they are prevented from gaining access to children through their work.
The University Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance Notes “Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults on Campus", aims to protect the most vulnerable users of the University’s facilities against harm and ensure that they feel safe and secure whilst they are on campus and take with them positive feelings about their visit when they leave.
See also the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Vetting and Barring Scheme pages for more information about protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults on campus.