Safeguarding: Professional Resources

Use this page to find information on useful professional resources on safeguarding.

RCN resources

Safeguarding adults

  • Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care StaffThis intercollegiate document has been designed to guide professionals and the teams they work with to identify the competencies they need in order to support individuals to receive personalised and culturally sensitive safeguarding. Dawne Garrett, the professional lead for safeguarding, has also written a blog to accompany the guidance.

Safeguarding children

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  • Domestic abuseThis resource from the RCN provides information on domestic abuse including assessment tools, legislation and national guidance
  • Female Genital Mutilation. The RCN is actively engaged in promoting best practice to help raise awareness about FGM. These pages will help you to learn more about FGM
  • Modern slavery. These resources provide guidance and advice for anyone who will encounter people impacted by modern slavery
  • Patient safety and human factors. These pages will help you to learn more about patient safety and human factors in health care
  • Raising concernsThis resource is for RCN members who have 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

Further resources

Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office & University of Nottingham (2018) Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit. This online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery.

Learning Disability Professional Senate. Top tips for trauma informed care

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015) Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwivesThis hub 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.

Safeguarding adults with mental health problems and financial difficulty

Several types of abuse can cause financial problems for patients, which impact on their health. A carer might abuse their access to bank accounts, or self-neglect could lead to bills getting out of control. Financial problems can also arise as a direct result of mental or physical health problems, therefore patients are at increased risk of financial difficulty even if no abuse has occurred. For example during a period of poor mental health, people can find it very difficult to control their spending or to communicate with creditors. If someone is suddenly admitted to hospital, they may not have time to make arrangements regarding their employment, benefits or outstanding bills, and poor professional practice might mean this is not dealt with.

Any of these issues can quickly lead to spiralling debt and problems with relationships, employment and housing, any of which may significantly affect recovery from physical or mental illness. However, patients are unlikely to bring the subject up due to stigma or believing the situation can’t be helped. Therefore it is important for nurses to be aware of when financial problems may be impacting on someone’s health and proactive in raising the issue and directing people towards appropriate help.


Page last updated - 18/12/2019