Safeguarding is a process to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable people.
A child is a person under the age of eighteen.
A vulnerable person is a person ‘who is or may need community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.
Safeguarding is an overarching term used to describe the protection of individuals right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. All parties involved in an apprenticeship have to take reasonable action to minimise risks to apprentices, both in the workplace and at the University.
Types of abuse that are considered under Safeguarding include but are not limited to:
- Neglect and acts of omission
- Domestic abuse
- Modern slavery