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Oxford Brookes University recognises its responsibility for the safeguarding of children. It is recognised also that Oxford Brookes University has a general duty of care to provide a safe environment for all those working and studying at the University as well as those who visit the campus.
The University regularly invites children and young people to access its facilities and services for a wide variety of purposes. Examples include:
There are also a small number of undergraduates who start studies at the beginning of an academic year who are under 18 and specific areas of the University (such as research groups and the Nursery) who have a very specific relationship with children and young people. This policy also extends to students who may work with children for specific reasons such as a research project or volunteering. Many of these activities, involving University members of staff working with children or young people, are away from parent/guardian and/or teacher supervision.
The University's safeguarding policy is separate to that of individual departmental policies, such as the Nursery or the School of Education, but is intended to be an over-arching set of procedures so that all staff across the University, who might be working with children and/or young people as a regular part of their normal duties, know how to respond if a child/young person discloses abuse and/or shows signs of such. Even if you do not work with children, all staff have a responsibility towards their safeguarding.
Policy and Procedure for the Safeguarding of Children »
This policy applies to all staff and includes any activity involving children.
Training and designating specific persons to fill bespoke roles surrounding child safeguarding will enable this policy. Wider awareness raising for all relevant staff will also be provided.
The University recognises that staff who work regularly with children are best placed to notice changes in behaviour and/or physical injuries. Oxford Brookes staff will therefore:
We have trained designated safeguarding officers (DSOs) across the University and on all sites who should be the first point of reference for staff with any child safeguarding-related concerns. However all staff have a role to play in child safeguarding and awareness of our policy and accompanying guidance is important in this respect.
Safeguarding roles and responsibilities »
All staff should be aware of the University's safeguarding guidance and procedures, including:
Management guidance and procedures »
The University recognises that children who have been abused, or witness violence, may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They can feel helplessness, humiliation and a sense of blame. Brookes may provide the only stability in the lives of some children and we will endeavour to support them by:
It is recognised that staff may need support after receiving a disclosure from a child and appropriate counselling will be offered by the University.
The University aims to ensure the safeguarding of children attending University premises or activities, as far as is reasonably practicable, by ensuring that the following general measures are implemented: