General Practitioners – useful safeguarding links & resources

Our aim is to share current and relevant updates and topics relating to safeguarding that may be of interest to GP’s and other primary care practitioners and support staff.

All adult and children safeguarding referrals are managed by Manchester City Council – refer to the Concerned page for information about how to make a referral or to ask about Early Help.

Resources for GPs

RCGP Toolkits
The RCGP Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm toolkit provides info-sheets, templates and handy guides for all the primary care team. The toolkit assists good knowledge and use of relevant legislation when promoting good care for adults at risk of harm, or those lacking the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The RCGP have produced a toolkit which consists of a series of practical workbooks for GPs and the primary healthcare team to recognise when a child, under the age of 18, may be at risk of abuse. This complete publication explains how GPs and health professionals play key roles in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

NHS Guidance
This NHS Guidance for GPs sets out the Primary Care Standards for completing a report for an Initial Child Protection Case Conference (may be out of date)

GMC Guidance
This short guide summarises the key points from the GMC guidance Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors for GPs

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The CQC offer guidance on care standards and set out what they look at when they inspect and monitor a service; and the requirements set out by government regulations.

Child Protection Evidence

RCPCH have developed a child protection evidence-based resource which is available to clinicians across the UK and internationally to inform clinical practice, child protection procedures and professional and expert opinion in the legal system.

NSPCC have published a series of flyers for health professionals working with children which detail aspects of physical child abuse – these will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with children and young people and their families.

Training & Online Learning for GPs

Safeguarding training is necessary – after every high profile case of neglect and abuse over recent years, the same failures and lapses emerge: poor communication and information-sharing between professionals and agencies; inadequate training and support for staff; and a failure to listen.

The CQC expect all healthcare providers to follow the guidance in the Intercollegiate Document for Healthcare Staff; Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff (March 2014). This sets out the minimum training requirements required:

  • Level 1: for all non-clinical staff (e.g. receptionists and practice managers)
  • Level 2: for all dentists and dental care professionals
  • Level 3: for paediatric dentists and paediatric orthodontists (i.e. those who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding / child protection concerns). Level 3 training is not normally required for dentists and dental care professionals working in general dental practice.

This guidance states that safeguarding training should be refreshed every three years. Level 1 and Level 2 training refresher can be undertaken via online training courses. Level 1 training should last a minimum of two hours, level 2 a minimum of three hours.

A video released by Nottingham about changing a recording practice is aimed at GPs – it is only 2 minutes long – and may be helpful to encourage people to think about changes in practice.

Information Sharing

All health and adult social care organisations must, by law, share information with each other about patients they are caring for directly, to improve the care provided. They must also use a patient’s NHS number as a consistent identifier when sharing data or information about them.

This was set out in the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 which aimed to reduce anxiety about data sharing. The 2013 Caldicott Review found that in some cases this anxiety meant patient information was not shared, even when sharing would have been in the best interest of the patient.

NHS Digital have produced guidance to help practitioners put these duties into practice, so that patients receive the best possible care, while their information is protected.

General advice for practitioners can be found in our information governance resource


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