Safeguarding professionals

This is a list of safeguarding resources to support health care professionals.


Female genital mutilation - an RCN educational resource for nursing and midwifery staff (PDF 1053KB) [see How to access PDF files].
This guidance provides a snapshot of the basic background information and the health consequences of female genital mutilation, and the legislative, child protection and human rights dimensions of this practice.

Independent safeguarding authority a practice guide (RTF 18KB)
A practical guide on the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Vetting and Barring scheme and Independent Safeguarding Authority - RCN briefing (2010)(PDF 56KB)
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Act (2006) is the government legislation which defines the scope of the Vetting and Barring Scheme including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The Vetting and Barring Scheme is the new public body charged with setting up a register of those who are considered to be fit to work with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (a separate but aligned scheme is being set up in Scotland). All nurses, midwives, nursing students and health care assistants working in a regulated environment will be required by law to register. If they are not on the register they will not be able to work with children and vulnerable adults. Vulnerable adults include all adults that receive any form of health care or treatment.

RCN resources

Agency and bank workers
Information on bank and agency work, including rights under the Agency Workers Regulations.

Dignity in health care
Explore this RCN learning resource to strengthen your understanding and practice in promoting dignity for your patients or clients and your colleagues.

Independent Safeguarding Authority (Word 18.5KB)
RCN briefing on the independent safeguarding authority.

Maintaining standards, safeguarding care
Resolution submitted by the RCN Salisbury and South Wiltshire Branch for RCN Congress 2008.

Mental capacity act 2005
Matter for discussion submitted by the RCN South West Durham Branch for RCN Congress 2009.

RCND advice online: confidentiality
RCN Direct has the following advice sheets on confidentiality.

RCND advice online: detecting abuse
Information on the signs of physical, psychological, financial and sexual abuse.

RCN library and heritage services
You may like to check our library services for more resources on safeguarding professionals.

Whistleblowing hotline
This is a service for RCN members who have urgent concerns over clinical and staff safety in the workplace. It is important that nurses raise concerns directly with their employer. Registered nurses have a duty under the NMC to report concerns where patient care may be affected. See also: Raising concerns.