The Union recognises that members who are children and vulnerable adults should be given the opportunity to gain the maximum benefit possible from taking part in membership activities and have a fundamental right to be protected from harm as do children and vulnerable adults in the community who access student group activities
These guidelines are to support student groups who may encounter children and vulnerable adults in their activities.
The safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults can be defined as protecting such groups from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect.
Children are those under the age of 18 years. A vulnerable adult can be defined as a person aged 18 or over who has one or more of the following conditions:
The Union has a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the safety and welfare of all children and vulnerable adults that participate in membership activities. Student groups may encounter children and vulnerable adults through your outreach work and, on occasion, in the make-up of the student body.
This guideline is based on and reflects the principles of both UK legislation and guidance and other relevant SUSU and University policies including the University Safeguarding policy (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/edusupport/index.page)