UWE Bristol staff having a meeting


If you think that someone is at immediate risk of harm, please call the police on 999.

Safeguarding principles

UWE Bristol is committed to:

  • supporting and promoting the welfare of our students, staff and visitors
  • the provision of a safe environment that’s conducive to work, study and the enjoyment of a positive experience for all members of our community.

We take all safeguarding concerns seriously and take proportionate and appropriate action.

Contact us

Please email safeguard@uwe.ac.uk to arrange to discuss your concerns.

Alternatively, contact:

Raising a safeguarding concern

If you're concerned that an individual is at risk of harm, abuse or exploitation please don't ignore it.

Concerns about a UWE Bristol student

Please contact us to discuss your concerns.

You can also email the Wellbeing Service at wellbeing@uwe.ac.uk.

Concerns about an individual in placement or work-based learning

Please contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer at your workplace.

If this isn’t appropriate or doesn’t lead to a satisfactory response, please get in touch with one of the above contacts.

Concerns about a member of staff

Please contact Debbie England, Director of Human Resources at UWE Bristol:

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Safeguarding is a term relating to actions taken to promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults and protect them from harm. It’s everyone’s responsibility, and applies if a child or a vulnerable adult is experiencing or at risk of abuse and neglect.


  • Child – someone under 18
  • A vulnerable adult is someone:
  • who needs care and support, whether or not they currently receive it
  • experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • who can’t protect themselves from abuse or neglect because of their care and support needs.

If you have any concern that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse or neglect, please contact us.

Safeguarding under the Prevent Duty

Government legislation has placed a statutory duty on Higher Education Institutions to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

The legislation, known as the Prevent Duty, applies to all kinds of extremism, such as the far right, Islamist groups and animal rights groups. The objective is to safeguard individuals from being radicalised and drawn into terrorism.

If you have any concerns that a member of the University community may be vulnerable to radicalisation, please contact us.

If there is an immediate risk of harm, please call 999.

General safeguarding concerns

If you're worried about risks to someone who is not a child or vulnerable adult, or about risks to the wider UWE Bristol community, please email safeguard@uwe.ac.uk to discuss your concerns.

You can also contact the Wellbeing Service at wellbeing@uwe.ac.uk.

View UWE Bristol's Safeguarding Policy for more information (the policy is currently under review).

Next steps

We’ll gather further information and agree next steps. All information relating to the case will be kept confidential unless external referrals are agreed. Your concerns will be dealt with professionally and sensitively.

Back to top