Safeguarding at The University of Salford

As a University community, we consider the safety and wellbeing of our students to be of paramount importance. We want to ensure as far as possible, that students are able to learn and achieve safely, free from abuse, harassment and harm. Safeguarding at the University of Salford, is everyone’s responsibility and all staff receive training and support to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of students remains a top priority. 

To further help us achieve our aim of maintaining a safe campus and environment for students, we have appointed a number of Designated Safeguarding Officers to work across the different departments within the University. It is the job of the Designated Safeguarding Officers to offer advice, guidance and support around safeguarding issues and to promote a safe environment for all our students and staff to work and study in.

The University of Salford has become the first University in the world to receive ChildSafe accreditation. This accreditation recognises our commitment to child safety and wellbeing through our policies and practices.

Find out more about ChildSafe.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. Individuals at risk may be children (anyone under 18) or adults who may be at risk of abuse, harm or exploitation.  

Safeguarding works best when it focuses on prevention of harm. At the University of Salford, students can access support from a variety of sources including Counselling and Wellbeing, Disability and Learner Support and MFAS and Money Matters. Find out more about the support available for students.

In cases where harm cannot be prevented and has already occurred, Safeguarding is about ensuring the right action is taken to prevent further harm from taking place or to support an individual to manage the potential impact of past harm or abuse.

What is Prevent?

The  Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015  requires all Universities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is known as the Prevent Duty. There are a number of requirements that UK Universities must meet with regards the Prevent Duty and you can find out more about how we are meeting these requirements.

At its heart, Prevent is about safeguarding individuals from harm. We believe our robust approach to support and wellbeing and attendance and engagement monitoring ensures that our students can access the right help and support during their journey with us.

What to do if I have a safeguarding concern

In an emergency

In an emergency always contact the emergency services on 999. 

For out of hours concerns, the security team are available 24 hours a day on +44 (0)161 295 3333.

All other safeguarding issues

For safeguarding queries you can email

If you are a student, you can report any concerns using Report and Support.

If you are a member of staff, you can report your concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO). You will find a list of DSO's on the safeguarding pages of the university hub.