Safeguarding vs duty of care

  • 07 December 2018
  • 09:30 - 16:00
  • DoubleTree by Hilton London - Westminster
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Safeguarding vd duty of careSafeguarding vs duty of care: legal requirements and good practice

This interactive professional development event explores legal safeguarding requirements and duty of care good practice for Student Services in higher education. Develop your understanding of your institution’s legal obligations with regard to safeguarding students, and explore how your duty of care to students extends and enhances what the law requires. This practical event gives you the opportunity to identify best practice for your context by discussing case studies with Student Services peers, and learn from legal and Student Services experts to inform your approaches.

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Location, time and price

This one day event takes place at DoubleTree by Hilton London - Westminster, 30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD.

Registration opens at 09:30, and the first session starts at 10:00.

Here are the delegate prices (which include lunch):

  • AMOSSHE named member - £175 (log in to access this rate)
  • Member colleague (non-member, but an employee of an AMOSSHE member organisation) - £190
  • Non-member (individuals, not-for-profit organisations and higher education providers not associated with AMOSSHE) - £225
  • Corporate non-member - £255

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Here's the programme for the day:

Time Session
09:30 Registration and refreshments.
10:00 Welcome and context: developing a safeguarding guide and what we learned
Fay Sherrington, AMOSSHE Vice Chair, and Nic Streatfield, AMOSSHE Vice Chair (Professional Development)
This year the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (part of Advance HE) commissioned AMOSSHE to create a guide for university governors to help them get to grips with their safeguarding responsibilities. The development of this guide highlighted the differences between safeguarding obligations as defined in law, and the extra duty of care responsibilities often assumed by Student Services. This session sets out what we learned, and its implications for your understanding and practice.
10:20 Safeguarding students: are you being asked to care too much?
Geraldine Swanton, Legal Director, Shakespeare Martineau
Education is a caring profession, reinforced by new regulatory requirements. Institutions often conflate pastoral, moral and legal obligations, and may assume a standard of care that is greater than the law requires. While caring for one’s students is desirable for many reasons, it is important to understand the limits of the duties imposed by the law, so that institutions can make informed choices about the extent of the services they provide to their students and about the resulting allocation of ever-scarce resources. This session explores the following duties:
  • Safeguarding
  • Negligence / duty of care / assumption of responsibility
  • 'In loco parentis'
  • Contract
  • Statute (for example health and safety, occupiers’ liability, disability)
  • Prevent
11:10 Break and refreshments.
11:30 "We don’t really have children in our university" – how safeguarding for under-18s can come up more often than you think!
Peter Riley, Head of Widening Participation, Manchester Metropolitan University
Legal requirements around safeguarding are specific with regard to children (under 18 years old). This practical workshop explores case study scenarios about safeguarding under-18 year olds in higher education contexts, whether students, children of staff or students, or visitors.
Safeguarding adults / duty of care – what difference does it make?
Phil Scarffe (Head of Student Welfare) and Natalie McKeown (Student Welfare Policy & Projects Officer), De Montfort University
This workshop looks at concepts such as safeguarding adults at risk and duty of care, and considers the similarities and differences between these concepts, and how these might inform practice. Through the use of case studies, consider how the theoretical frameworks that we apply can helpfully contribute to good quality decision making. Making use of related concepts such as ‘adults at risk’ and mental capacity, develop your confidence so that when faced with ‘difficult’ decisions you will be better placed to make the right decisions.
12:45 Lunch.
13:45 Duty of care and Student Services: concerns, complexities, and pitfalls
Mandi Barron, Head of Student Services, Bournemouth University
From a Student Services perspective, adhering to the legal parameters of safeguarding is not enough. Creating a supportive environment for all students involves complex judgements based on competing requirements, which can lead to pitfalls such as taking on too much responsibility - especially when institutional and sector colleagues have a vague understanding of what 'safeguarding' really means. This session explores the differences between safeguarding and duty of care in Student Services contexts, managing the assumptions of colleagues, and taking account of competing student contexts when making decisions.
14:30 Break and refreshments.
14:45 "We don’t really have children in our university" – how safeguarding for under-18s can come up more often than you think!
Peter Riley, Head of Widening Participation, Manchester Metropolitan University
Repeat of earlier workshop.
Safeguarding adults / duty of care – what difference does it make?
Phil Scarffe, Head of Student Welfare, De Montfort University
Repeat of earlier workshop.
16:00 Finish.

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