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Durham University

Safeguarding

General guidance

NB: This is a list of general considerations and is by no means exhaustive.

If you are planning or participating in an activity that will involve children:

  • Be aware of the needs of children, and be alert for signs of harm or potential harm
  • Take complaints seriously and take appropriate action as soon as possible
  • Report any incidents or accidents as soon as possible, and keep a written record
  • Report any harm or potential harm to a child following the outlined process.
  • Treat everyone with respect and be sensitive to children’s appearance, race, culture, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender, or disability
  • Plan activities to involve more than one person and locate activities within sight of others
  • Provide a safe, caring environment where children and adults feel comfortable to point out attitudes and behaviours they do not like

Note: Refer to the full policy for an extensive list of recommendations for working with children.