Glossary beginning with V

VCSsearch for term
Voluntary and community sector (although not quite the same thing ‘VCS’ is increasingly used interchangeably with the term ‘Third Sector’ to refer to all non-statutory not-for-profit charitable, voluntary, community and non-governmental agencies)
Vicarious liabilitysearch for term
An employer’s legal responsibility for discrimination and harassment which occurs in the workplace or in connection with a person’s employment. The employer is legally responsible unless it can be shown that ‘reasonable steps’ have been made to reduce this liability.
Victimisationsearch for term
Subjecting a person to a detriment because they have done a protected act or there is a belief that they have done a protected act i.e. bringing proceedings under the Act; giving evidence or information in connection with proceedings under the Act; doing any other thing for the purposes or in connection with the Act; making an allegation that a person has contravened the Act, i.e. an individual is adversely treated because he or she has made a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or provided evidence in such a case. Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms,
Virtual classroomsearch for term
Online learning environment where tutors/learners interact
Vulnerable adultssearch for term
People with disabilities or mental health conditions who are unable to take care of themselves, or protect themselves against harm or exploitation from others.
Vulnerable groupssearch for term
People who are vulnerable because of their situation, for example, homeless people. It may also include people unable to meet their everyday needs due to a physical or mental health condition