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Create statutory legal duty of care for students in Higher Education

Submitted by Lee Fryatt on Tuesday 30th August 2022

Published on Monday 5th September 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 5th March 2023

Current Signatures: 7,393
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Children ~ Create ~ Education ~ Government ~ Higher Education ~ mentalhealth ~ NHS ~ Petition ~ Priority ~ Staff ~ Succession ~ The Government ~ The NHS ~ Universities

Petition Action

Create statutory legal duty of care for students in Higher Education

Petition Details

No general statutory duty of care exists in HE. Yet, a duty of care is owed to students, and the Government should legislate for this. HE providers should know what their duty is. Students must know what they can expect. Parents expect their children to be safe at university.

Additional Information

The mental health, safety and well-being of HE students should be a Government priority. Student engagement, retention and success should be another. Both are indisputably linked to the duty of care students receive.

A duty of care already exists for staff, and for students under the age of 18 in HE. There should be parity in duty of care for all members of the HE community.

This is not a petition for ‘in loco parentis’ or for duplication of the NHS. We only seek parity and legislative clarity on duty of care for all students.


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