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Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

This policy contains guidelines and procedures for protecting the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults participating in university activities or visiting university premises.

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The University organises a wide range of events and activities for, or involving, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Each year, thousands of individuals in the region take part in our outreach programmes and University open days which attract people from across the country. Some research projects and professional training programmes necessitate NTU staff or students working with vulnerable groups and, every year, a number of the University's students are themselves classified as vulnerable.

Our facilities are also used by other organisations for events involving vulnerable groups. In all these activities and situations, the University considers the welfare of these groups to be paramount. We are committed to practice that is safe and protects individuals from harm.

The University has a number of policies and procedures which help to provide a framework for vulnerable groups, such as health and safety, risk assessment, staff recruitment, and so on. The safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy summarises the University policy in relation to safeguarding. The University also has additional guidance information for staff, which provides more detailed information about some of the key areas covered in the safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy.

View the safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy.

View the safeguarding children and vulnerable adults guidance for staff.

Useful contacts

  • Designated Safeguarding Officers

    Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer
    Sarah Bustard
    Student Health and Wellbeing Manager, Student Support Services
    0115 848 6345

    Julie Wibberley
    Wellbeing Team Leader (Student Support Advisers and Safeguarding)
    0115 84 82279

    Martyn East
    Deputy Head of Department, Further Education
    0115 848 5374

    Pamela Ellis
    Head of Department, Further Education
    0115 848 5297

    Charlotte Convey
    Widening Access and Outreach Coordinator
    0115 848 2332

    Rachael Webster
    Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Institute of Education
    0115 8483835

    Mhairi Bowe
    Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
    0115 848 2654

    Stacey Trainer
    Sports Volunteering Co-ordinator, NTU Sport
    0115 848 3214

    Miriam Selby-Shaw
    Duty Manager, NTU Sport
    0115 848 3953

    Sukhjit Kaur
    Information and Advice Service Manager, NTSU
    0115 848 6260

  • Mid-course and internal transfer DBS checks

    NTU students who are undertaking courses which do not require completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the admissions process, may occasionally be required to undertake a DBS check mid-course. For example, a student may wish to undertake a research project, non-compulsory placement or extra-curricular volunteering with children or vulnerable adults. In addition, students who want to transfer onto a course that does require a DBS check from a course that did not require this on entry to the university are required to undertake a DBS check as a condition of this transfer.

    How do I request a DBS check?

    To request a mid-course or internal transfer DBS check for placements or research associated with an academic course of study, students should speak with a member of academic staff in their area of study. Depending on the reason for requiring a DBS checks, this may be an academic tutor, a dissertation supervisor or other relevant staff member.

    Where the staff member supports the requirement for a DBS application, they are required to complete the mid-course or internal transfer DBS request form which is available below. In limited circumstances (such as an ethics committee hearing), students may be asked to complete this themselves.

    In circumstances where a DBS check is required for self-generated extra-curricular volunteering activity and does not involve discussion with NTU staff, students should send an email, providing details of the volunteering opportunity. We will then discuss your eligibility for DBS completion with you directly.

    More information

    More information regarding mid-course or internal transfer DBS checks is contained in the information leaflets below:

    Mid-course and internal transfer DBS requests

    Download the mid-course and internal transfer DBS request form. Complete the form and send to:

    • Social Sciences and Graduate School students: email
    • All other academic areas and professional services: email

    Further questions?

    If your questions are not answered by the information leaflets available above, please send an email.

  • NTU Prevent contacts - for potential radicalisation and extremism concerns

    Victoria Fanning
    Academic Registrar, Academic Registry
    Telephone: +44(0)115 848 8187

    Sarah Bustard
    Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, Student Support Services
    Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 6345

  • Support and advice

    Support and advice

    As a first port of call, please contact one of our safeguarding children officers or, depending upon the nature of the query, the contacts below may prove useful.

  • NTU Security

    • City Campus: +44 (0)115 848 2468
    • Clifton Campus: +44 (0)115 848 6600
    • Brackenhurst Campus: +44 (0)115 848 5262
    • Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus: +44 (0)115 952 2075

  • External contacts

    0800 1111

    Telephone: 0808 800 5000

    Nottingham City Council Safeguarding Children
    Telephone: 0115 8764762

    Nottinghamshire County Council Safeguarding Children
    Telephone: 0300 500 80 80

    Nottinghamshire Police
    Emergency: 999
    For local non-emergencies: 101
    Non emergencies, calling from outside of the Nottinghamshire area: 0115 967 0999

    Safe Network

    Telephone: 08457 90 90 90

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418