Proposed statutory mental health duty of care on universities: AMOSSHE response

12 October 2022 16:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is a top priority for UK universities. Members of AMOSSHE The Student Services Organisation are deeply committed to supporting any student who is struggling with their mental health through the provision of a wide range of services. At the same time, however, it is essential that students and their supporters are clear about the boundaries of what universities can and cannot provide, and that students receive appropriate specialist care from the NHS should they need it.

Universities are already subject to health and safety regulations, duties under the Equality Act 2010 and section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, and duties around the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Therefore AMOSSHE does not believe that an additional statutory duty of care on universities is necessary. Given the need for professional NHS support for students presenting with diagnosed and emerging mental health conditions, it is our view that increased funding for student mental health services in the NHS is a greater priority than an additional duty of care on universities.

Universities prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of their staff and students by adhering to a range of guidance and sector best practice and providing a wide range of support services, including mental health, counselling, wellbeing and study support for those experiencing difficulties, and work closely with NHS services to ensure that students are referred to the appropriate services to ensure the best outcome for their care.

AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation is a UK non-profit professional association. Company registration number 4778650.
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