This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Statistics of number of parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student mental wellbeing.'.

F (31/03) 100321-2 Student Mental Wellbeing stats and contacts-RESPONSE 
 
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: 
 
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F (31/03) 100321-2 Student Mental Wellbeing stats and contacts-RESPONSE 
 
 
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? 
None. The University currently does not run an opt in consent scheme.  
•       How many students subsequently rescinded their consent? 
None. Not applicable. 
 
•       How many times was the opt-in consent used to contact somebody? 
None. Not applicable. 
 
•       How many times was use of the opt-in consent considered, but with you 
deliberately choosing not to contact a parent or nominated individual? 
None. Not applicable.