Guidance for Designated Safeguarding Leads

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the University of Oxford Safeguarding Code of Practice and the associated guidance.

Every activity involving children or at risk adults must have at least one Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead is as follows.

1. To manage risk in activities involving children or adults at risk by:

  • undertaking a risk assessment which considers how risks can be minimised;
  • identifying whether there is a requirement for pre-employment or pre-activity checks;
  • making completed risk assessments available to all staff or volunteers involved in the activity;
  • ensuring that those working with children and adults at risk are appropriately trained and supervised; and
  • recording training.

2. To ensure processes are in place to manage safeguarding concerns by:

  • acting as, or designating a colleague as, the key contact within the risk assessment to whom any concerns should be addressed;
  • ensuring that the student, staff or volunteers who are running the activity, and the children or adults at risk who participating in the activity are advised on how to report concerns as part of their induction to the activity.

3. To report any allegations made against students, staff or volunteers to the relevant University Safeguarding Officer without delay.  Any such allegations may need onward referral to external agencies within one working day.  The Designated Safeguarding Lead must not investigate the matter, and must refer as promptly as possible.

4. To undertake appropriate training themselves.