There is a clinical app to support NHS staff on their responsibilities around safeguarding available here.

Safeguarding children

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) publishes resources, news and courses on Child protection and safeguarding including an intercollegiate competency framework on child safeguarding, and e- learning resources suitable for GPs and other show have contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers.
The RCPCH collection around Looked after children includes a Knowledge, skills and competences of health care staff:  Intercollegiate Role Framework

Child Safeguarding e-learning for levels 1,2 and 3 from HEE e-Learning for Healthcare  in partnership with the RCPCH. Suitable for GP trainees.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board  –  The OSCB offers a wide range of training on various safeguarding related subjects as both face-to-face and e-learning courses. Scroll down to find the the current training brochure.

NSPCC/RCGP Safeguarding Children Toolkit for General Practice  – a framework for integrating safeguarding children and young people into existing practice systems and processes for delivering primary care. A practical workbook for busy GPs and their teams, designed to help Practice staff to recognise when a child may be at risk of abuse. The toolkit includes a number of resources including T6 Reflective Tool – a  series of reflective exercises for GPs and Practice Teams for use in professional and organisational development and as a starting point for internal audits and quality improvement projects which may be presented as evidence for GP appraisal and revalidation.

For dental teams PHE has published Safeguarding in general dental practice: a toolkit for dental teams, which clarifies the role of the dental team  and outlines training requirements and opportunities  for dental staff.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

The RCGP Safeguarding Adutls at Risk of Harm course aims to improve detection and management of adults in need of safeguarding.

The BMA has published a tool kit for general practitioners, reminding doctors of their duty to protect vulnerable adults and the legislative framework. It highlights the issues of vulnerability and mental capacity. The complete publication explains how GPs and health professionals play key roles in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff sets out minimum training requirements for all healthcare staff including non-clinical primary care staff (level 1), GP practice Managers (level 2), GPs (level 3), and named professionals (level 4). A useful tool for developing and reviewing job/role descriptions, assessing clinical competence for different levels of practitioner, developing personal goals and performance appraisal.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) e-learning resources on Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards and Safeguarding adults.

For dental teams PHE has published Safeguarding in general dental practice: a toolkit for dental teams, which clarifies the role of the dental team  and outlines training requirements and opportunities  for dental staff.

Mental Capacity

Mental capacity is the ability to make a specific decision at the time it needs to be made, with help if necessary. The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) lays out how an individual can retain power over decisions that have to be made in the future, if they should lose capacity.  It is by following the MCA that professionals ensure they are acting lawfully and respecting the human rights of people who may lack capacity to consent to interventions that are proposed.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with a number of organisations to develop an e-learning programme about the MCA for health and care professionals.

SCIE has developed a Mental Capacity Act e-learning course which explores the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including best interests decision-making,and how to support people to make their own decisions. The course is free and is for everyone who looks after or cares for someone, for example, doctors, nurses, care assistants, social workers, and family members.

Modern Slavery

NHS England have provided information on their website that focuses on the organisations work around modern slavery. This sets out a range of ongoing activity including training, awareness raising and joint working with other organisations.

Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery – an overview of the issue of modern slavery available on the e-Learning for Healthcare website.  It is aimed at helping all healthcare staff recognise the signs that someone has been trafficked, and to take appropriate action with confidence.

The Royal College of Nursing has produced a pocket guide to help nurses and midwives identify victims of slavery and help victims find support.

The Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner (IASC) has produced a video for all health staff, and another for emergency services staff, on spotting the signs of modern slavery.

Migrant health

Migrant Health is an online tool for people working in primary care who want to learn about and discuss how to provide high quality care for migrant patients, particularly those who might be in more vulnerable circumstances. Launched in July 2018, it is a prototype; developed jointly by Doctors of the World (DOTW) and the University of Sheffield. The content for resources was developed from DOTW UK’s online training, as well as drawing heavily on resources from expert organisations, in particular Public Health England’s Migrant Health Guide, and the World Health Organisation.

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Page last reviewed: 7 May, 2021