St Mary's is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all staff, students and visitors to the university. The following pages give an overview of the procedures and policies the University has in place in relation to its Prevent and Safeguarding duty, including referrals, contact information and links to relevant policies.
Safeguarding is ultimately everyone's responsibility and both staff and students have a role to play in ensuring that St Mary's is a safe and supportive environment and to take action if there is any cause for concern about the wellbeing of others.
These pages give information, advice and guidance on the University's safeguarding responsibility, key contact information and how to report any safeguarding concerns.
- Safeguarding Responsibilities
- Safeguarding Policies
- Contact Information
- Reporting a Safeguarding Concern
Safeguarding refers to the process of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
St Mary's takes its responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults very seriously and is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all staff, students and visitors.
St Mary's Safeguarding responsibilities relate to:
- All registered students
- All staff members who work on University premises
- The Students' Union officers, employees and all associated clubs and societies
- All visitors including individuals who hire or otherwise use the University's facilities
- Volunteers and sessional workers/HPAs
- Those associated with First Star Academy and Sport St Mary's
A child is a person under the age of 18.
A vulnerable adult is someone over 18 who may be unable to take care of/protect him/herself against significant harm or exploitation.
Visitors include clients, external groups, organisations, visiting children and individuals in any capacity.
Volunteers include individuals spending time, unpaid at the University.
Abuse and neglect
There are many forms of abuse and neglect, examples of which can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, domestic abuse, discriminatory abuse and financial abuse.
More information can be found on the NHS or NSPCC website.
St Mary's Safeguarding Policy is intended to provide an overarching framework for safeguarding. Its purpose is to reflect legislation, protect children and vulnerable adults and provide guidance for staff and students on safeguarding procedures.
There are also a number of more specific policies to support the overarching Safeguarding policy.
The Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy is specifically to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who receive St Mary's University's services or the services or organisations/individuals hiring St Mary's facilities.
In addition, the Sport St Mary's Safeguarding Policy relates specifically to individuals and organisations using the Sports facilities.
In addition there are a number of other policies and procedures which are relevant to the safeguarding of students, staff and visitors. Where necessary these should be considered alongside the safeguarding policy. These include:
- Consensual Relations between Staff and Students
- Social Media Policy
- Dignity at Work Policy
- Student Admissions Policy
- Disciplinary and Dismissal Procedures
- Student Disciplinary Procedures
- Disclosure and Barring Service
- Policy on Alcohol Consumption and/or Substance Abuse at Work
- Health and Safety Policy
- Whistleblowing – Public Interest Disclosure and Procedure
- IT Policy
- Work experience and volunteers
- Lone Working
- Major Incident and Serious Incident Response Plans
As part of its duty of care, the University has designated Lead Safeguarding Officers (LSOs) and Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) who are available to advise and support with any safeguarding queries or concerns.
The Chief Operating Officer is the Senior Management Lead for Safeguarding and is responsible for ensuring that suitable safeguarding policies and procedures are in place.
Lead Safeguarding Officers
The Lead Safeguarding Officers (LSOs) have overall responsibility for the strategic and operational implementation of the policy and guidelines. The LSOs have a 'facilitative' rather than investigative role as it is the responsibility for the Local Authority and/or the Police to investigate any potential risks.
Details of the Lead Safeguarding Officers are outlined below:
Designated Safeguarding Officers
In addition to the Lead Safeguarding Officers, there are a number of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) who are responsible for providing support and liaising with the relevant Lead Safeguarding Officer.
- Nick Turk, Director of First Star Academy
- Nicola Mills, Deputy Head of Student Services
- Helen Duncan, Disability and Dyslexia Manager
- Antony O'Reilly, Student Life Assistant Manager
- Rebecca Hughes, Student Funding Manager
- Gareth Crewe, Sport Development Manager
- Chris Carter, Sport Operations Manager
- Sam Fudge, Lead HR Business Partner
- Kristen Pilbrow, International Student Experience Manager
- Mandhir Gill, Quality and Standards Manager
- Ed Boyle, Head of Department (Partnerships)
- Sarah Brooks, Head of Department (Primary Education)
- Jane Chambers, Head of Department (Secondary Education)
- Jenny Johnson, Senior Lecturer (Partnership Co-ordinator)
- Fiona Wilson, Senior Lecturer (Postgraduate Education)
- Jenny Murray, Senior Lecturer (Primary Education)
- Hew Miles, Head of Campus Services
- George Jenkin, Security Operations Manager
- Joseph Fortune, Fire Safety Officer
- Nancy Bentley, Widening Participation & Outreach Manager
- Katerine Kryger, Lecturer (Sports Rehabilitation)
- Laura Akehurst, Sports Services Supervisor (SAHPS)
- Rowan Axe, Sport Participation and Volunteering Officer (SAHPS)
Reporting a Safeguarding concern
If staff have any concerns in relation to the Safeguarding of either children or vulnerable adults these can be reported either by contacting the relevant Lead or Designated Safeguarding Officer.
Please note the details of any safeguarding referrals are strictly confidential and access is restricted to the Chief Operating Officer and the Lead Safeguarding Officers, In the case of external referrals, relevant information will be shared with the Local Authority and/or Police.
LSOs and DSOs only
Please report any safeguarding concerns raised via the reporting form.