King’s College London is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and staff whilst studying and working at King’s College London. We understand that some of our students can, at times, have to navigate complex personal circumstances and our Student Support Services and Student of Concern Procedure have been developed in response to this. How does King’s handle confidentiality? We will always work to ensure that disclosures you make to our range of student support services are kept confidential, unless explicit permission has been given to share the information.

However, King’s has a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of our students and any relevant vulnerable groups.  We will assess your need and level of risk, and aim to support you in the most appropriate way.

Important to know: Depending on your situation, we may deem it most appropriate to engage with another service which may be an external service, such as emergency services, community mental health services or specialist support services within local authorities.
To enable our staff to support you, we have internal guidance to support staff with safeguarding our students.

To see this guidance, you can view:
Are there any circumstances where information may be shared without my consent?
There will be circumstances where information may be shared without your consent.
These include:
  • Where there is an emergency or serious risk to safeguard you
  • Where you are under 18 or you a vulnerable adult and still at risk
  • If there is an ongoing risk of serious harm to you or others

Where there has been a breach of confidentiality, the sharing of information will be limited and proportional, disclosing enough information to address the identified risk of harm to you and/or others.


Understanding consent-sharing in various circumstances

Here are some examples of scenarios where a concern around risk of harm to self or others would result in information being shared with a third party:



Scenario A



Scenario B



Scenario C



Scenario D