Statistics of number of parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student mental wellbeing.

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Dear Trinity Hall, Cambridge,
Following a spate of sudden student deaths in 2018, an ‘opt-in scheme’ was pioneered by the University of Bristol as part of a set of measures aimed at preventing suicide. In 2019, a coroner wrote to the Department for Education and Minister for Suicide Prevention suggesting that these measures might be shared throughout the sector. I am now seeking to establish the extent to which ‘opt-in’ has been subsequently adopted and/or utilised.
The ‘opt-in’ or ‘consent at registration’ scheme implemented by Bristol University comprises an additional personal information sharing agreement that supplements when information might be shared. It gains consent at annual registration for the university to contact a ’safe and nominated’ parent, guardian or friend in situations that are not emergencies, but where staff have serious concerns that something bad might happen to an enrolled student, and/or where their health, wellbeing or welfare could be affected. Essentially it involves lowering the bar at which parents or nominated others could be contacted by a designated professional at the university, from ‘vital interests’ to ‘serious or significant concerns’. It could for example apply in cases of trauma or distress associated with suspension / expulsion / non-attendance / mental health issues etc.
To qualify as ‘opt-in’ a scheme must be optional and additional to the regular emergency contact protocol. The latter is compulsory and typically restricted to serious incidents and/or emergency situations, that may present an imminent threat to a student’s vital interests. Further particulars can be found at:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/contacting-peop...
https://thetab.com/uk/2018/09/20/these-a...
https://thetab.com/uk/bristol/2019/10/31...
This important scheme has been implemented at a number of universities, and perhaps at your institution as well. If so, please provide me with the following information as absolute numbers and percentages.
For each academic period (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) and year-of-study (e.g. 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year) sub-division:
• How many students opted-in at registration?
• How many students subsequently rescinded their consent?
• How many times was the opt-in consent used to contact somebody?
• How many times was use of the opt-in consent considered, but with you deliberately choosing not to contact a parent or nominated individual?

Yours faithfully,

Gillian Green

Dear Trinity Hall, Cambridge,

I am writing to remind you of my FOI request which should have been answered by now. Could you please confirm that you received it?
I understand that times are difficult, so this is just a polite reminder.

Yours faithfully,

Gillian Green

List-Trinity Hall FOI Officer, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Dear Ms Green,

 

Thank you for your email and for your understanding, it has certainly been
a challenging few months, not to say year. 

 

I can confirm that your request has been received.  We are currently
working on a response for you and hope to get this to you by early next
week at the latest.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Sheila Hunter

Compliance Officer and Bursar’s Executive Assistant

 

Trinity Hall | Cambridge | CB2 1TJ

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From: Gillian Green <[FOI #736874 email]>
Sent: 15 April 2021 12:12
To: List-Trinity Hall FOI Officer <[Trinity Hall, Cambridge request email]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of number of
parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student
mental wellbeing.

 

Dear Trinity Hall, Cambridge,

I am writing to remind you of my FOI request which should have been
answered by now. Could you please confirm that you received it?
I understand that times are difficult, so this is just a polite reminder.

Yours faithfully,

Gillian Green

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Dear Ms Green,

 

Please now find attached our response to your FoI request.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Sheila Hunter

Compliance Officer and Bursar’s Executive Assistant

 

Trinity Hall | Cambridge | CB2 1TJ

Email:  [1][Trinity Hall, Cambridge request email]

 

Trinity Hall, Cambridge Registered Charity No: 1137458

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From: List-Trinity Hall FOI Officer
Sent: 15 April 2021 12:21
To: Gillian Green <[FOI #736874 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of number of
parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student
mental wellbeing.

 

Dear Ms Green,

 

Thank you for your email and for your understanding, it has certainly been
a challenging few months, not to say year. 

 

I can confirm that your request has been received.  We are currently
working on a response for you and hope to get this to you by early next
week at the latest.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Sheila Hunter

Compliance Officer and Bursar’s Executive Assistant

 

Trinity Hall | Cambridge | CB2 1TJ

Email:  [3][Trinity Hall, Cambridge request email]

 

Trinity Hall, Cambridge Registered Charity No: 1137458

[4]www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk

 

Confidentiality Note:  This email and any attachments are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
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From: Gillian Green <[5][FOI #736874 email]>
Sent: 15 April 2021 12:12
To: List-Trinity Hall FOI Officer <[6][Trinity Hall, Cambridge request email]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of number of
parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student
mental wellbeing.

 

Dear Trinity Hall, Cambridge,

I am writing to remind you of my FOI request which should have been
answered by now. Could you please confirm that you received it?
I understand that times are difficult, so this is just a polite reminder.

Yours faithfully,

Gillian Green

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