Safeguarding Adults Board

National Practice Guidance

There are a number of national guidance documents to inform safeguarding practice and some links are provided below. See also separate pages on this website for Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Making Safeguarding Personal.

Types of abuse and indicators

Evidence of any one indicator from this guidance note by SCIE should not be taken on its own as proof that abuse is occurring. However, it should alert practitioners to make further assessments and to consider other associated factors.

Care Act 2014

Under the Care Act 2014 there is now a statutory framework for safeguarding adults. The Care and Support Statutory Guidance gives local authorities information about how they should meet their legal obligations.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

A guide to support those who work with people who have care and support needs, whose circumstances make them vulnerable, and who may also be victims of domestic abuse. Its purpose is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse: Guide to Support Practitioners and Managers

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Modern slavery is a serious crime. It includes slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Modern slavery victims can often face more than one type of abuse and slavery, for example if they are sold to another trafficker and then forced into another form of exploitation. A person is trafficked if they are brought to (or moved around) a country by others who threaten, frighten, hurt and force them to do work or other things they don’t want to do. How to report Modern Slavery. More information can be found at the Modern Slavery helpline.

Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

It is important that social workers and their managers are as clear as possible on which legal powers or options apply to which situations, and in cases of any uncertainty that they consult their senior managers and/or the legal department of the Local Authority.This guide clarifies existing powers and legal options relating to access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect where access is restricted or denied. It lays out the potential routes to resolution and contains links to relevant legislation and case law. Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

Roles and responsibilities

This guidance provides clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the key agencies involved in adult safeguarding. The aim is to ensure that the right things are done by the right people at the right time, working within their own agency and with partners. Safeguarding adults - Roles and responsibilities in health and care services

Commissioning for Better Outcomes

This document outlines standards to support a dynamic process of continuous improvement and, through self-assessment and peer review, to challenge commissioners to improve outcomes for adults using social care, their carers, families and communities. The standards are relevant to all aspects of commissioning and service redesign, including decommissioning. Commissioning for Better Outcomes: A Route Map

Reporting Concerns to the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

You can report concerns about a CQC registered service to CQC at or by using the CQC on-line alert form.


Whistleblowing is the term used when a worker passes on information concerning wrongdoing. The wrongdoing will typically (although not necessarily) be something they have witnessed at work. See Guidance for Employees and Code of Practice. Your organisation should have its own Whistleblowing Policy.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are an estimated 130 million women and girls living with FGM worldwide. Most of these women are located in 29 African countries. In the UK, FGM is increasingly identified amongst migrants from FGM-practising countries. There are an estimated 137 000 women in the UK affected by FGM.

Health professionals have a statutory duty to safeguard their patients and should be familiar with the FGM Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for Professionals (Department of Health, May 2016) when caring for patients with FGM. 

Free FGM e-Learning is available from e-learning for Healthcare. The course contains five sessions and is relevant to all healthcare professionals.