Bournemouth University is committed to supporting the health (including mental health) and wellbeing of every member of the university community.

Where to start

About safeguarding at BU

As well as meeting the needs of children and vulnerable adults we consider safeguarding in its broadest term as covering the general welfare of our community. Whilst all our staff have a duty to respond to any safeguarding concerns, our Designated Safeguarding Lead, supported by colleagues in the safeguarding team, holds overall responsibility of all students at the university.

Most issues of concern can be supported by our general student welfare teams, and we have a wide range of support available to students. More information is available on our health and wellbeing webpages.

Issues that may fall directly under Safeguarding regulations, relating to children and/or vulnerable adults, should be reported to [email protected] so that these can be followed up appropriately. The Head of Student Support and Wellbeing is the University’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

BU Safeguarding policy

As well as our Safeguarding Policy (word, 89kb), Safeguarding Policy for Apprenticeships (word, 70kb) and Safeguarding Guidance for Apprentice Employers, (pdf, 131kb), the university has a number of general student welfare policies which can be found in the conduct and welfare section on our Important information webpage. We also have the following webpages which provide information for specific safety concerns:

Reporting and escalating safeguarding

If you have any safeguarding concerns about yourself, someone you work with or someone you know, please contact us so that we can help.

Immediate concern

If there is an immediate risk to yourself, others, or from others call 01202 962222. This number is operational 24/7.

Non-emergency but action required

If action is required, but the situation isn’t an emergency, please contact the BU Safeguarding Team at [email protected].

Non-urgent queries or advice

For any non-urgent safeguarding queries and advice, or if you have concerns but are unsure what you need to do, please email: [email protected].

Further information about all the support services available to students can be found on the student health and wellbeing webpages. Support for staff can also be found on the health, safety and wellbeing section of our staff intranet.

You can also watch the Dorset and BCP Safeguarding Adults Board video, which gives information about how to report any concerns:

Safeguarding Team contacts

The BU Safeguarding Team are here to help whether you require urgent help, advice or are not sure where to go.

BU’s Designated Safeguarding Lead: Kerry Ann Randle, Head of Support and Wellbeing.