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Vulnerable people

This is a list of safeguarding resources relating to the care of vulnerable people.

RCN publications

Mental health nursing of adults with learning disabilities (PDF 472KB) [see how to access PDF files]
This publication provides guidance for nurses and nursing students in mental health services in delivering high quality health care to people with learning disabilities. It continues the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum’s work to ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to high-quality health care services.

RCN resources

Asylum seekers and refugees guidance
These webpages provide information and links to resources on asylum seekers and refugees.

Caring for people with learning disabilities
The following resources are available in the RCN library to help with the care of people with learning disabilities.

RCN library and heritage services
You may like to check our library services for further resources on safeguarding vulnerable people.

RCN Whistleblowing hotline
This service is 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.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults
This RCN Direct advice sheet provides information on the abuse of vulnerable adults and older people. It discusses how to detect abuse and action to take if abuse is encountered.

External resources

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
The DoLS are part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They aim to make sure that people in care homes and hospitals are looked after in a way that does not inappropriately restrict their freedom. This Alzheimer's Society factsheet looks at who is affected by DoLS, explains what the safeguards are, and outlines the process for getting authorisation for a deprivation of liberty and how to get it reviewed.

Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 
The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (formerly known as the Bournewood safeguards) were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 through the Mental Health Act 2007 (which received Royal Assent in July 2007). The safeguards cover patients in hospitals, and people in care homes registered under the Care Standards Act 2000, whether placed under public or private arrangements.

Nursing and Midwifery Council: safeguarding adults resources
This web area includes information on raising and escalating concerns and safeguarding to assist nurses and midwives in applying these principles in their own practice. It has a training toolkit, films and key resources from all four UK countries.

NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Health and Social Care 
Written by the NSPCC, this EduCare programme is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children and their parents through their work in a health setting.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
This EduCare EduSafe programme is designed for anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable adults during work, voluntary or leisure activities.

Protection of vulnerable adults
This Welsh Government report recommends how existing adult protection arrangements in Wales should be strengthened.