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

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Dear Glasgow Caledonian University,

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• How many students subsequently rescinded their consent?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

Freedom of Information Enquiries,

Dear Ms Green

The University acknowledges receipt of your request and will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Freedom of Information Team will contact you if we require any further information.

Yours sincerely

Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

-----Original Message-----
From: Gillian Green <[FOI #734788 email]>
Sent: 09 March 2021 12:45
To: Freedom of Information Enquiries <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of number of parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student mental wellbeing.

Dear Glasgow Caledonian University,

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

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Dear Ms Green
I refer to your request for information below.

We do not currently operate an ‘opt-in’ scheme as described, that is, optional and additional to the regular emergency contact protocol, as our approach to the use of emergency contacts is not limited to “vital interests” and extends to “serious or significant concerns” about a student’s health or well-being.

Please find attached a review notice setting out the steps you may take if you are not satisfied with the response provided to your request.

Yours sincerely
Hazel Lauder

-----Original Message-----
From: Freedom of Information Enquiries <[email address]>
Sent: 09 March 2021 14:01
To: Gillian Green <[FOI #734788 email]>
Cc: Freedom of Information Enquiries <[email address]>
Subject: RE: FOI/061/2021: Student Mental Wellbeing

Dear Ms Green

The University acknowledges receipt of your request and will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Freedom of Information Team will contact you if we require any further information.

Yours sincerely

Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | E: [email address] Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA, Scotland, United Kingdom

-----Original Message-----
From: Gillian Green <[FOI #734788 email]>
Sent: 09 March 2021 12:45
To: Freedom of Information Enquiries <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of number of parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student mental wellbeing.

Dear Glasgow Caledonian University,

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

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