The ProtectED Code of Practice was launched on Monday 6th February as a new accreditation scheme for universities to measure student safety. Focusing on five areas of student wellbeing, the code encourages universities to become members and gain accreditation through adherence to its code of practice.
The five key areas identified cover a wide range of focus points in improving student wellbeing and safety:
ProtectED is the first higher education scheme to comprehensively tackle student wellbeing and safety in this manner. Launched by the University of Salford, the scheme’s Advisory Board comprises advisers from higher education institutions, police, and more.
UMHAN were delighted to be included on this Board to provide guidance regarding university approaches to student mental health. With the peak age of onset for mental health difficulties coinciding with 80% of the population’s university years, and 29% of students reporting clinical levels of psychological distress in 2010, the need to focus on student mental health and wellbeing is increasingly clear.
As part of the consultation, UMHAN made five key recommendations for higher education institutions to provide for student wellbeing and mental health:
With University Mental Health Day less than a month away, UMHAN are particularly pleased to see the national campaign be used as an example of good practice for awareness-raising in Higher Education Institutions. The day occurs on the first Thursday of every March, and this year it takes place on March 2nd. More details may be found on the UMHAN website.
Annie Kemball, Senior Mental Health Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University and UMHAN Committee Member, represented UMHAN on the ProtectED Advisory Board. She says:
"Now is a good time for Universities to sign up to the ProtectED scheme. It facilitates a whole University collaborative approach to addressing issues around student safety and wellbeing. It also encourages partnerships with external agencies, at a time when University support services are experiencing increasing demand."
Find out more about the ProtectED Accreditation Scheme, its development, and its requirements by visiting www.protect-ED.org. UMHAN’s contributions may be found in the ProtectED Code of Practice, Part 3: Student Wellbeing and Mental Health.
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