Safeguarding

Our University is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all who participate in our organised activities or services and we will take reasonable steps to ensure that we:

  • promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
  • safeguard those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism
  • comply with our statutory obligations and University governance

Any member of staff is in a position of trust, particularly those who teach, support, guide or interact with students in any way. It's essential that staff are aware of this and act accordingly at all times.

Policy on Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk

The Policy on Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk applies to all members of our University community, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Safeguarding guidance

What to do if you have a concern

If you have a concern regarding the safety or vulnerability of a member of our University community, or about a visitor to our University, you're responsible for reporting this. If your concern is about a child you must make this a priority.

However, you don't have any responsibility or authority to attempt to resolve it yourself and must not do so.

How to report a concern

Sometimes a concern that you raise or report may not become a safeguarding case. When a concern has been raised, an early assessment will be made to establish whether the case will be managed by the safeguarding team or if the information should be referred to other University support services.

In accordance with data protection legislation, we'll keep information you submit in confidence. However we may need to take specific action based on the submitted information to protect the health and welfare of our University community. Although we strive to ensure privacy we can't always guarantee absolute confidentiality.

Training

We have safeguarding training resources available to support you in your role. If you would like further information on these resources, speak with your manager or email: safeguard@essex.ac.uk.

Safeguarding Essentials

Our online Safeguarding Essentials course will:

  • help you understand your safeguarding responsibilities and statutory obligations
  • outline relevant safeguarding examples
  • guide you on how to escalate a concern
  • outline what support is available

WRAP (Workshop to raise awareness of Prevent)

The WRAP face-to-face training session will help you to:

  • understand what may make a person vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism
  • give you information on how to report a concern you may have about a member of our University community
  • outline the internal and external support services available

Channel Awareness Training

Channel Awareness Training is an external online course, specifically available for all members of the Safeguarding Advisory Group, USG and Council. Email: safeguard@essex.ac.uk for further details.

Contact us

If you have any further queries about safeguarding or the Policy on Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk, please email: safeguard@essex.ac.uk.