On the 24th January 2020, Mr Pete Quinn delivered Safeguarding and the Duty of Care training to members of the Student Support and Registry teams. Pete Quinn has worked for Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford and the University of York. As a Director/Vice Chair of the National Association of Disability Practitioners he developed a support worker charter for disabled students. As Head of Disability Advisory Service & Equality for the University of Oxford he also helped to support and develop employee networks. As Director of Student Support and an equality champion and disability lead at the University of York he provided strategic advice to the senior leadership group on a range of equality issues, developed and implemented the University’s fitness to study and safeguarding policies.
The training gave participants clear explanations of legislative framework. The session covered a number of areas including the Duty of Care definition and implementation, Health and Safety Work Act 1974, Data Protection Act 2018/GDPR, Equality Act 2010, Anti-Harassment and Anti-bullying policy.
Some real case scenarios were discussed which helped participants to have a better understanding on how to handle different situations related to the Duty of Care and Safeguarding areas.
At the end of the session participants were provided with pointers to some useful resources for further research.