Safeguarding for students

What to do if I am worried?

Salford University is committed to providing a safe environment for all our students, and keeping them free from harm, abuse or neglect.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and we can all play a part in keeping our community safe

Types of abuse can include:

  • Physical abuse – deliberate physical injury or harm (e.g. punching, slapping etc.)
  • Emotional abuse – abuse that has a negative impact on emotional wellbeing (e.g. threats, blackmail, controlling behaviour)
  • Sexual abuse (including rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching etc.)
  • Neglect or self-neglect
  • Domestic abuse – unhealthy relationships
  • Forced marriage or so -called ‘honour’ violence
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Bullying, harassment or hate crimes
  • Radicalisation and extremism

You might consider someone is being abused or harmed because:

  • You see or hear extreme changes in character – is someone becoming withdrawn,  aggressive, frightened or dismissive?;
  • You may see or hear someone talking about intending to commit suicide;
  • Someone is misusing alcohol or drugs, including ‘legal highs’;
  • Someone doesn’t want to go home, or has gone missing;
  • Someone is in a controlling or unhealthy relationship;
  • Someone is self-harming, or appears stressed, anxious or depressed;
  • Someone is living in poor housing, or is homeless;
  • Someone tells you something is happening or happened to them that could constitute abuse.

What should I do if I am worried about myself or my friend?

Protect yourself. Keep a look out for your friends. If you are made aware of abuse, try to listen sensitively and without judgment. Don’t be worried about asking for help or raising your concerns; we will listen to you, and we will take you seriously.

If you are worried about anyone, you should always contact askUs:

  • Telephone: 0161 295 0023 (8.30am-6.00pm Mon-Thurs, 8.30am-5.00pm Friday);
  • Email:;
  • Visit askUs in University House to speak to an advisor.

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 0161 295 3333

Crisis support

  • NHS
    • 111 
  • Papyrus (support for people feeling suicidal, available 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 5pm bank holidays):
  • Samaritans (a free service to speak to someone about how you’re feeling, available 24 hours a day):
    • 116 123
    • Email; 
  • Sanctuary (offers a safe place to go at night, open from 8pm – 6am):
    • 0300 003 7029; 
  • CALM (support for men, available 5pm – midnight daily):