Role of the University Safeguarding Officer

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Code of Practice

 The role of the Safeguarding Officers is as follows:

1.    To raise awareness by:

  • acting as a senior strategic figurehead for Safeguarding issues at the University;
  • ensuring that the Code of Practice is implemented, and promulgated; and
  • ensuring regular review of the Code of Practice.

 2.    To manage referrals by:

  • advising and taking appropriate action in the event that allegations of abuse are made in the contexts set out in the Code of Practice;
  • liaising with external agencies where appropriate (such as the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board, Oxfordshire Social & Community Services, the Disclosure and Barring Service, the Police); and
  • ensuring that those involved in any case are appropriately supported.

 3.    To promote appropriate training by:

  • ensuring that appropriate information and training are available to members of the University who will come into contact with adults at risk and children; and
  • engaging in training themselves