Contact details

If you are a child or an at risk adult and you need to talk to someone (click here)

Speak to the safeguarding lead for your activity (when you started the activity in the University you should have been told who this is).

If you don't feel safe to do this, you can contact one of the University's Safeguarding Officers - see contact details at the end of this page.

If you suspect that a child or at risk adult is at immediate risk of harm (click here)

Call the emergency services without delay on 999, or 101.

You should then contact the relevant University Safeguarding Officer - see contact details at the end of this page.

If you are a member of the University and a child or adult at risk has disclosed alleged abuse, or you suspect abuse, but it is not an emergency and is not happening within the University (click here)

You should speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the activity, who should follow the guidance.

If an allegation of abuse is made against University staff, students, volunteers or academic visitors (click here)

Without delay you must speak to the Designated safeguarding lead for the activity,  who will contact the relevant University Safeguarding Officers (see contact details at the end of this page). 

The University Safeguarding Officer has a duty to refer, within one working day, to the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;

  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or

  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children.

Contact a University Safeguarding Officer

 Who to contact

Allegations against a member of staff, non-student volunteers or academic visitors, or suspicions of abuse involving a staff member who is considered to be an adult at risk or is under 18 years of age

University’s Director of HR: Julian Duxfield

tel: (01865) 270152

email: director.hr@admin.ox.ac.uk

Allegations against a student, or suspicions of abuse involving students who are considered to be an adult at risk or are under 18 years of age

Director of Student Welfare and Support Services:  Gillian Hamnett

tel: (01865) 280444 (direct line) or (01865) 280459

email: director.swss@admin.ox.ac.uk