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Adult safeguarding resources

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There is a range of resources to support professionals caring for vulnerable adults.


Care Act 2014

Care Act 2014

Care and Support Statutory Guidance. Department of Health. 2014

The Care Act: Easyread version. Department of Health. 2014

The SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) produces a range of resources about safeguarding best practice. The organisation also hosts Social Care TV.

Health and Social Care Act 2008

Mental Health Act 1983

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice Department for Constitutional Affairs 2007

Mental Capacity Act: Making decisions Office of the Public Guardian

Equality and human rights

Criminal records checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

Responsibilities include:

  • processing requests for criminal records checks (DBS checks)
  • deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list
  • placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

DBS checks: guidance for employers Disclosure and Barring Service and Home Office 2013

Protection of Freedoms Act (2012)

Data protection

Data Protection Act (1998)

Freedom of Information Act (2000)

More information about the above legislation is available from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)


Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Whistleblowing Helpline - for health and social care staff

Whistleblowing Arrangements Code of Practice BSI 2008

Whistleblowing Advice Line - Support for professionals who are worried about children in the workplace

Health and safety at work

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