Adult Safeguarding – Personal Level

Incorporating Recognition, Assessment, Communication, Documentation and Actioning of Suspected Abuse.

Click on each heading below for more detail on the content of the level 3 curriculum in each area, and scroll down for a list of current recommended learning opportunities.


  • Risk assessment
  • Issues surrounding suspicion of adult abuse, harm and neglect
  • Identification of possible signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect using a person centred approach
  • Associated medical conditions, mental health needs, learning/intellectual disabilities, substance misuse and domestic abuse increasing risk
  • Effects of carer behaviour and family factors
  • Inclusivity and Diversity in the workplace
  • Adults at risk with caring responsibilities



  • Familiarity of assessment frameworks of risk and harm locally and nationally
  • MCA and DOLS – Assessment of capacity and best interest decision-making
  • notion of proportionality, recognising that unforeseen events occur and people can take risks and make unwise decisions.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Forensic procedures relevant to primary care
  • Appropriate escalation of concerns
  • Clear documentation of concerns


  • Effective communication with adults at risk particular those with mental capacity issues, learning disability or communication need
  • Supporting adults, esp those lacking capacity or with communication need, in decision making
  • Confidentiality and consent
  • Duty of candour
  • Data protection act 1998
  • GDPR
  • Information sharing and Caldicott Principles


  • Multidisciplinary approach to safeguarding adults and young people
  • co-ordination of protection planning, resolution and recovery – as appropriate to safeguarding concern.
  • Local Area Designated Officer
  • Escalation
  • Voluntary Sector Support for adults and sign-posting
  • Coding in Primary Care

Personal Level Learning Opportunities

LSCB Seminars on Supplementary Safeguarding Topics
(not currently running due to Covid)

Alternative ‘Core’ pre-recorded webinars include:

– Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding and Covid 19
– Sexual Violence and Safeguarding
– Safeguarding Adults from Online Abuse

MCA/DOLS Training
Excellent local face-to-face training delivered by arrangement in GP practices.
Can be organised through:
Caldicott-Guardian Training
Training Hub. 2 hour live webinar
Information Governance Training

Training Hub.  2 hour live webinar

Effective Consultations – New to Practice Skills Toolkit GP Training Hub.
2.5 hour Live Webinar
Free Suicide Mitigation Training for GPs and Primary Care Staff
CPSL Mind, CCG-based. 2 x 1.5 hour sessions led within practices.
Effective Medical Chaperoning
GP Training Hub Live Webinar. 1 hr 45 mins.


eLFH Modules:
– Adolescent Health – including confidentiality, consent, legal frameworks and safeguarding.
– Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity Act
– Chaperones and Consent (Sexual Health)
– Sexual Assault (Medico-legal issues)
– Data security awareness
PREVENT eLFH Modules x 3
Basic, level 3 and mental health (2.5hrs, very good)
Domestic Violence e-Learning Module
2019 local e-learning module from Cambridge Domestic Violence Partnership. 30 mins
Domestic Violence and Older People
Webinars and learning resources to reflect upon.
Coercive Control: A Lived Experience
Ryan and Luke Hart
Awareness of Forced Marriage e-Learning
Free online training resource run by Foreign Office.
Parental Substance Misuse e-Learning Module:
Understanding the impact on children (20-30mins)
RCGP e-Learning Modules:
EKU18 – Alcohol Use disorders
EK2019:2 – Decision making and Mental Capacity
Safeguarding Adults at risk of harm
Safeguarding Adults at risk of radicalisation
Mental Health in Lockdown
FGM e-Learning(free)
Home Office, 30 mins, need to register
Mental Capacity Webinar and Adult Safeguarding Webinar
John Binding – Head of Adult Safeguarding – London Borough of Hackney
Watch and reflect upon changes to practice
Capacity, DOLS and Deprivation of Liberty Webinars
3 Helpful Pre-recorded Webinars from legal perspective. Each webinar is 18-25mins long.
Reflection template may be helpful.
Liberty Protection Safeguards – what are they?
The Liberty Protection Safeguards are planned to come into force in April 2022 but may be delayed further in view of Covid-19.
MCA e-learning – SCIE
Social Work e-learning package. 2 hours.
MPS MCA / DOLS e-Learning
Free to members or non-members.
MDDUS (for Members)
‘Good practice in consent for GPs’
Making Safeguarding Personal
Read and reflect including MSP Toolkit
Covert Medication Guidance
Read and reflect upon this important guidance and it’s impact especially on care home residents.
DNACPR Guidance Oct 2020
Guidance linked to Covid DNACPR decisions.
Attorney Health and Welfare
Useful guidance for someone who has been appointed as Attorney Health and Welfare for another person.
Decisional vs Executive Capacity
‘Talking the talk’ vs ‘walking the walk’ – difference between having the capacity to MAKE a decision vs having capacity to CARRY IT OUT. Recent article written by James Codling.
NHS Guideline on safe video consulting during Covid pandemic
Escalation Policy
On LSAB website.