New Policy on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

The University has a new ‘Policy on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults’ which replaces the former ‘Child Protection Policy’.

The policy can be located at and the guidance note at

The policy sets out the processes by which University Members can report concerns about incidents of alleged misconduct concerning children/ vulnerable adults, and/or abuse of children/ vulnerable adults, and  is intended to provide guidance for all ‘University Members’ i.e. anyone who works for Manchester Met in paid or unpaid activities with, or otherwise engaged with, children or vulnerable adults on the University’s behalf, whether as an employee, governor, contractor, volunteer , or student. It is recognised that additional departmental policies and procedures and training will apply in areas of the University that have more frequent contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.

The definition of a ‘child ‘ is any individual under the age of 18 years. There is no similar, clear cut definition of a ‘vulnerable adult’. Rather, the ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006’ refers to ‘regulated activity relating to vulnerable adults’ who are  considered vulnerable at the time he or she requires that regulated activity. The policy describes this in more detail but the activity can  include provision of:

  • health care treatment;
  • certain types of personal care to people who need it due to age, illness, or disability;
  • prescribed social work by a social worker;
  • assistance in relation to general household matters.

It is worth noting that the vast majority of students who may appear vulnerable (or have vulnerabilities) due to, for example mental health issues, will not be classed as ‘vulnerable adults’ as outlined in the policy. Concerns about students experiencing mental health difficulties should continue to be raised with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service in the usual way. For a copy of the ‘Guidance for Staff on Supporting Students Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties’ go to and click on mental health.

For further information on the policy, or to report any concerns you may have, contact the Safeguarding Officer, or one of the Deputies, as outlined in the table below.


Safeguarding Officer (Director of Student Support Services) Rita Lewin – 0161 247 3492
Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Head of Counselling, Health and Wellbeing) Yvonne Harris – 0161 247 3493
Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Head of Widening Participation and Student Financial Support) Peter Riley – 0161 247 1967
Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Head of Learner Development and Disability Service) Nahida Shabbir – 0161 247 3380
Safeguarding Officer for Faculties of Education and HPSC (Head of Faculty SAS for Faculties of Education and HPSC) Sandra Sharpe – 0161 247 2005
University Prevent Lead (Deputy Registrar and Academic Secretary) Alexander Thorley – 0161 247 3479