Safeguarding and duty of care

  • 01 November 2019
  • 09:30 - 16:30
  • INNSIDE Manchester
  • 8

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Safeguarding and duty of careSafeguarding and 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 sector experts to inform your approaches.

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Location and price

This one day event takes place at INNSIDE Manchester, 1 First Street, Manchester M15 4RP.

Here are the delegate prices (which include lunch):

  • AMOSSHE named member - £180 (log in to access this rate)
  • Member colleague (non-member, but an employee of an AMOSSHE member organisation) - £195
  • Non-member (individuals, not-for-profit organisations and higher education providers not associated with AMOSSHE) - £230
  • Corporate non-member - £270

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Here's the programme for the day:

Time Session
09:30 Registration and refreshments.
10:00 Welcome and context
Nic Streatfield (AMOSSHE Vice Chair Professional Development and Head of Student Services, York St John University) and Chris Warrington (AMOSSHE Executive Member and Head of Student Support, University of Leeds) outline the context for the day.
10:05 Safeguarding students: are you being asked to care too much?
Education is a caring profession, reinforced by 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. In this session, Geraldine Swanton (Legal Director) and Julia Messervy-Whiting (Partner, Shakespeare Martineau) explore the following duties:
  • Safeguarding
  • Negligence / duty of care / assumption of responsibility
  • 'In loco parentis'
  • Contract
  • Statute (for example health and safety, occupiers’ liability, disability, human rights, inquests)
  • Prevent
11:00 DBS and safeguarding
Sue Davison (Stakeholder Engagement Officer) and Adam Grant (Q&E Support Officer) from the Disclosure and Barring Service lead an interactive workshop to help develop your understanding of the legal duty on universities with regards to barring and regulated activity. This session explores what this looks like in practice to help you ensure that your organisation remains an effective and proactive agent of safeguarding in your local community and nationally. In this session you'll:
  • Explore and clarify your organisation's legal duties, with an overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service and relevant legislation.
  • Improve your understanding of what ‘barring’ and ‘regulated activity’ mean in practice.
  • Discuss your university's legal duty to make a barring referral, including when to refer and relevant information.
  • Apply your learning through case-based scenarios.
11:45 Break and refreshments.
12:05 Data, safeguarding and duty of care
Data is a hot topic in higher education, with information sharing, 'opt-in' and consent all raising questions about safeguarding and duty of care. Student Services draw on a wealth of student data, but what are the legal and ethical parameters for working with this data to safeguard students? In this practical workshop Andrew Cormack (Chief Regulatory Adviser, Jisc) helps you explore how you use student data for safeguarding and duty of care interventions. Through a series of practical exercises, this session helps you to:
  • Identify the student data you have and need for safeguarding purposes.
  • Understand how to use data legally and effectively in safeguarding situations.
  • Ensure compliance with ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) guidelines.
  • Manage student expectations around use of their data.
  • Assess risks related to data.
Study abroad students: dealing with challenging situations
This workshop explores safeguarding and duty of care concerns related to students who are studying outside the UK. Lyle Millard (Head of Wellbeing & Pastoral Support), Karen Morgan (Head of Counselling & Mental Health Services) and Natalie Cunningham (Head of Student Mobility) from Manchester Metropolitan University use case studies to help you:
  • Consider issues related to students with mental health concerns and/or disabilities who wish to study abroad.
  • Consider actions prior to travel and during the trip abroad.
  • Share thinking, policy and practices, responses and experiences.
13:05 Lunch.
14:05 Data, safeguarding and duty of care
Repeat of earlier workshop.
Study abroad students: dealing with challenging situations
Repeat of earlier workshop.
15:05 Break and refreshments.
15:25 Corporate parenting in higher education: what are the implications?
Use of the phrase 'in loco parentis' with regard to higher education has raised expectations and speculation across the UK about the safeguarding and duty of care responsibilities of universities towards their students. In Scotland the legal requirements of 'corporate parenting' mean that universities have developed practise in this area that institutions in the other UK nations can learn from. Richard Ogston (Student Services Manager, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands) draws on his experience as a leading safeguarding practitioner and Chair of the Safeguarding Group for College Development Network Scotland to discuss the impact of recent Scottish Government legislation and drivers for corporate parenting within the higher education sector. Topics include:
  • The context of corporate parenting in Scotland, the drivers to change, and the student groups impacted.
  • The process universities in Scotland went through to meet legal requirements, identifying good practice and recognising gaps in provision.
  • The need for partnership working and the challenges of that.
  • The positive benefits of this change, and the impact on students.
16:00 Questions and answers
This is your opportunity to put questions to our panel of speakers about topics that have arisen during the day. The panel includes Geraldine Swanton, Julia Messervy-Whiting, Andrew Cormack, Lyle Millard and Richard Ogston.
16:30 Finish.

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