Safeguarding adults advice for professionals

Domestic Abuse – Coercive Control

Research in Practice for Adults and Women’s Aid have developed a coercive control website for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Where abuse is suspected or alleged, the Safeguarding Adults Procedures (PDF, 32MB) can be used by organisations and services to make sure that a consistent and comprehensive response is provided.

The High Risk Protocol (PDF, 300KB) can be used by professionals to convene a meeting to discuss an individual who may be at risk of death – High Risk Panel flowchart (PDF,79KB)

The Operational Risk Management Meeting Protocol (PDF,212KB) can be used by professionals to convene a meeting to discuss an individual at risk – Operational Risk Management Meeting flowchart (PDF,78KB)

The Risk Management Tool (PDF,174KB) can be used by professionals to assess the risk posed to an individual

Advice when allegations are made against professionals:

Mental Capacity Act

Information and resources are available to support practice around working with the Mental Capacity Act.

Please access Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the MCA) – LiveWell (

The Adult Social Work Tool Kit is a set of resources to support communication, understanding and interactions with people.

Their resources are available here Adult Social Work Resources – LiveWell (


Please see our adult workforce training page for details of upcoming safeguarding events and how to book.

NHS England Safeguarding App

A resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements.

Provider Forum Newsletters

Provider Forum Newsletter – June 2024 (PDF,911KB) June 2024

Provider Forum Newsletter – March 2024 (PDF, 1MB) March 2024