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Durham University


Key definitions

  • Children: Members of / visitors to the University who are under 18 years of age.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS (formerly CRB): The government department in England and Wales that ensures employers make safer recruitment decisions to prevent unsuitable individuals from working with children.
  • Harm: Inflicting hurt / causing suffering. Physical and / or mental harm could be caused in various settings such as at home or in the wider community. It could be caused by a known or unknown adult or adults, another child or children, or indirectly (eg. through online contact, such as social media). Harm can be categorised as:
    • causing actual harm to a child
    • putting a child at risk of harm
    • failing to act to prevent harm
    • attempting to harm a child
    • encouraging someone else to harm a child.
  • Safeguarding: The protection of children from harm. Successful safeguarding means that children can grow up in safe surroundings, without damage to their mental and physical health or development.
  • Regulated Activity: Any of the following activities which are carried out frequently (and/or overnight) with children (except where the University member is always being supervised by another adult who has been DBS checked):
    • caring for, being in charge of, or supervising a child
    • teaching, training, or instructing a child
    • giving advice or guidance to a child about their physical, emotional, or educational well-being
    • transporting children in a vehicle.
  • University Members: All staff and students in the University, and third parties; namely, recognised JCRs.