Safeguarding

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is a priority at Leeds Arts University. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students and recognise the issues associated with abuse. 

Staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection and our dedicated safeguarding Leads are available for advice and support.

If you are worried or concerned about yourself or someone you know at University, please tell any member of staff. They will pass on this information to the safeguarding team who can take further action. No one should feel intimidated, bullied, victimised or unsafe at the University.

If you are unsure who to talk to, the Student Welfare team are here to help and will talk to you about safeguarding procedures. Alternatively, please email safeguarding@leeds-art.ac.uk

Please click here to view Safeguarding guidance for staff members.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding covers anything that may pose a risk to the safety and wellbeing of an individual, this includes but is not limited to the following:

All forms of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and financial)

  • Neglect
  • Bullying (including cyber bullying)
  • Children missing education
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Abuse from peers
  • Mental health issues
  • Drug & Alcohol misuse
  • Faith abuse
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • Gangs and youth violence
  • Preventing radicalisation
  • Relationship abuse
  • Sexting
  • Trafficking 

 As a University, we take measures to ensure that our safeguarding duty is being met. These measures include:

  • Having a clear policy and procedures in place
  • Having a Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Carrying out background checks on employees
  • Training all staff in safeguarding, to protect students from abuse, harm and neglect
  • Taking all safeguarding concerns seriously and acting upon them at the earliest possible stage to manage safeguarding concerns effectively
  • Ensuring safeguarding topics are included in our FE curriculum

PREVENT Duty

The University works hard to treat everyone fairly with dignity and respect.

We aim to prevent people from being drawn into all forms of extremism by educating and raising awareness about issues that could endanger or cause harm.

Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people getting involved with or supporting violent extremism. Part of our safeguarding duty is to protect vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalism and extremism. To do this, we follow government guidance which is known as the Prevent duty.

We are dedicated to promoting British values which support our students to develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.

We ask students and staff to, think about their own views and opinions and how these can affect how they treat other people. Treating people unfairly is often the result of stereotyping and prejudice. Everyone benefits from studying or working somewhere they feel safe and valued. We prepare our students for life in modern Britain by developing an understanding of:

Democracy

This includes a belief in freedom and equality and ensuring that each and every voice in the University is heard, how we can influence decision making through democratic processes such as the national electoral system, local elections or our own Student representative elections.

The Rule of Law

This involves understanding the importance of laws and why we follow them. We explore laws and accountability that govern and protect us while understanding the consequences if these rules are broken. We also understand that these may be different from religious laws.

Individual Liberty

We understand and exercise our human rights in a safe environment. Students are supported and encouraged to make informed and independent choices and exercise their freedom.

Mutual Respect and acceptancefor those with different faiths and beliefs

We promote the importance of mutual respect through our shared standards of behavior in and around the University. We actively promote diversity and accept that people have different faiths or beliefs and encourage students to challenge discriminatory behaviour when they observe it, and understand how an individual’s behaviour has an effect on the rights of others.

If you have been hurt by anybody, or an adult or another young person has done something that makes you feel upset or scared, it is important that you tell somebody so that you can get the support and protection you need.

The Following resources may be useful for providing further information and support: