Safeguarding Policy

Christ Church Safeguarding Policy

Objective

To provide a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults within college premises and in activities undertaken with the approval of the college. For these purposes, a child is a person under 18, and a vulnerable adult is a person who is receiving any form of health care whose ability to protect him or herself from neglect abuse or violence is significantly impaired on account of disability, illness or otherwise.
 

Safeguarding Codes of Practice

The College takes note of the University’s Code of Practice on the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and will observe it in as far as it applies to the College’s students, staff, and visitors. See: Safeguarding Code of Practice

The Cathedral’s Code of Practice for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults is available here.

Note that there are separate safeguarding policies for the Cathedral Choir and Christ Church Cathedral School. These can be found at: http://www.cccs.org.uk/about/school-policies-reports/

These policies will be reviewed on a regular basis.
 

Premises

The College will take all reasonable steps to ensure that its premises are safe for children and vulnerable adults whose presence can be reasonably anticipated.
 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

The College will discharge its obligations under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
 

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Members of staff are reminded that, under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, activities of a sexual nature between a child and someone who is in a “position of trust” constitute an offence, even though the child is capable of giving consent (that is, is 16 or over). A person is in a position of trust if they are “regularly involved in caring for, training or supervising” another person in an education institution (SOA 2003, s. 22(3)(a)). This could be taken to apply to a tutor or other personal advisor.
 

Duty of Care

The College will discharge its duty of care to ensure that it will not permit any activity which puts any child or vulnerable adult at risk of abuse, understanding that abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect. In the furtherance of this duty it will take proper care that
(a) persons who undertake any welfare role with regard to students or members of staff on behalf of the college have been demonstrated to have appropriate qualities to perform such a role;
(b) members of staff who come into contact with children or vulnerable adults do not do so in circumstances in which there is risk of abuse.
(c) any allegations or evidence of harm to a child or vulnerable adult will be taken seriously and investigated
 

Confidentiality

The College will respect the privacy confidentiality of any child or vulnerable adult in as far as this is consistent with its obligation to discharge its duty of care and statutory obligations.
 

Responsible College Officers

The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the College is overseen by the Junior Censor (junior.censor@chch.ox.ac.uk) and in the Cathedral by the Cathedral Chapter Safeguarding Officer (graham.ward@chch.ox.ac.uk). The College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Academic Registrar (academic.registrar@chch.ox.ac.uk).
 

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

Concerns related to safeguarding in the College (including any current students, prospective students or visitors under the age of 18, as well as vulnerable adults) should be reported to the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is the Academic Registrar (academic.registrar@chch.ox.ac.uk).

Concerns related to safeguarding in the Cathedral should be reported to the Cathedral Chapter Safeguarding Officer (graham.ward@chch.ox.ac.uk).

Note that there are separate safeguarding policies and procedures here for the Cathedral Choir and Christ Church Cathedral School.
 

Other Policies of Interest

Christ Church takes the general well-being and privacy of all its students, staff, and visitors very seriously. For policies related to these concerns, see:

 

October 2017; updated May 2019