Safeguarding Adults at Risk in Higher Education – An Introduction
The e-learning programme has been designed in collaboration with staff working in the higher education sector to provide you with a strong foundation for knowing your role in safeguarding within your university.
On completing the course, you will be confident in knowing how to spot the signs of harm and abuse and understand how to respond and refer should you have any concerns.
It is vital that higher education institutions commit to safeguarding. This starts with having an effective safeguarding policy alongside ensuring staff are trained to confidently respond appropriately when any issues arise.
This course costs £25 per person.
Organisations can also purchase this course for multiple users.
What Are People Saying About Our Safeguarding Adults in Higher Education Course?
‘The Ann Craft Trust e-learning for higher education hits exactly the right level of information for the average member of University staff who needs an introduction to safeguarding. The course explains and explores some of the fears and concerns staff may have about reporting safeguarding concerns and the videos and the role plays really help to bring the content alive’.
Dr Sarah Sweeney, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, Lancaster University.
Why Do We Need Safeguarding in Universities?
“Safeguarding” refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals.
In 2018, research from Advance HE and the Office for Students identified that although universities were making encouraging progress in relation to safeguarding students, there remains work to be done to ensure staff and students feel safe and well supported on campus.
The research recommended that improving safeguarding policies and providing university staff with opportunities for safeguarding training could enable higher education institutions to create safer culture.
It’s not enough for people to be aware of safeguarding measures. Safeguarding is about ensuring people understand what their role and responsibility is if they witness abuse or are informed that someone has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed. For example: Do they know how and who to report to? What should they deal with themselves? Or should they even deal with it at all?
Safeguarding Staff and Students
When we imagine someone who is experiencing harm and abuse, we may not initially think this is something that could apply to university staff and students.
Part of this could be because most university students and staff are over eighteen. Yet safeguarding still applies to adults and organisations should have safeguarding policies and practices for both adults and children.
Recent statistics shown below highlight the scale of harm and abuse occurring within universities. When we use the term ‘harm and abuse’, this could refer to a wide range of incidents from self-neglect, domestic abuse, financial abuse, discriminatory abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse to name a few.
Would You Know How to Respond?
Despite the high volume of people experiencing harm and abuse in a university context, our conversations with university staff suggest many have not received safeguarding training. Therefore, many staff members feel they would struggle to spot the signs someone is experiencing abuse or find it challenging to know how to respond to a disclosure effectively.
The e-learning course is designed to be completed at a person’s own pace, providing links to free resources and support, to ensure that everyone has the basic knowledge to fulfil their safeguarding role on campus.
By taking our Introduction to Safeguarding in Adults in Higher Education e-learning programme you will:
- Learn the essential information related to safeguarding adults.
- Understand how to recognise abuse and how to respond and report appropriately when a concern is raised.
- Take part in interactive case studies, quizzes and scenarios that encourage you to consider your role in keeping people safe in a university context.
- Gain a certificate to document your participation in the Ann Craft Trust safeguarding programme.
The e-learning course is designed to be relevant to staff in all roles. For instance, this could be academic staff who have regular contact teaching students or catering or estates staff who have informal contact with students and colleagues.