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Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals, which allow people to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is fundamental to high-quality health and social care. (Care Quality Commission, 2017, Safeguarding people). Use this guide to find information resources about safeguarding adults, children, and those with learning disabilities. In this guide you’ll find books, guidelines, and journal articles.

Last updated: 19/02/2021

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing (2018) Adult safeguarding: roles and competencies for health care staff, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2018) Adult safeguarding: roles and competencies for health care staff. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing: First steps for healthcare assistants: principles of safeguarding.
Guide cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Modern slavery and trafficking: guidance for nurses and midwives. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2019) Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for healthcare staff, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2019) Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for healthcare staff. London: RCN.
Care Inspectorate (2020) Adult support and protection.
Care Quality Commission (2019) Safeguarding people. Newcastle: CQC.
Health and Social Care Board - Adult safeguarding operational procedures Health and Social Care Board: Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (2016) Adult safeguarding operational procedures. Belfast: RQIA
NHS Wales Governance e-Manual (2017) Standard 11: safeguarding children and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Cardiff: NHS Wales. 
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Older People’s Commissioner for Wales (2016) Adult protection and safeguarding. Cardiff: OPCW.
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Parliament (2005) Mental Capacity Act. London: Stationery Office.
RCPCH looked after Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2015) Looked after children: Knowledge, skills and competences of health care staff. London: RCPCH.
Welsh Government (2020) Safeguarding guidance.

Books

Barber P et al (2020) Mental health law in England and Wales: a guide for mental health professionals. London: Learning Matters. 
Buka - Care of vulnerable Buka P (2016) Care of vulnerable older people: legal and ethical aspects of nursing. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 
Burton and Reid - Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years Burton S and Reid J (2018) Safeguarding and protecting children in the early years. London: Routledge. Taylor & Francis.
Cooper A and White E (2017) Safeguarding adults under the Care Act 2014: understanding good practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Cooper A and White E (2017) Safeguarding adults under the Care Act 2014: understanding good practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Leigh J and Laing J (2018) Thinking about child protection practice: case studies for critical reflection and discussion, Bristol: Policy Press. Leigh J and Laing J (2018) Thinking about child protection practice: case studies for critical reflection and discussion. Bristol: Policy Press.
Lumsden E (2018) Child protection in the early years: a practical guide, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Lumsden E (2018) Child protection in the early years: a practical guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Northway - Safeguarding Northway R and Jenkins R (2017) Safeguarding adults in nursing practice (2nd edition). London: Sage.
Phelan - Advances in Elder Abuse Research Phelan A (2020) Advances in elder abuse research: practice, legislation and policy. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Phelan - International perspectives Phelan A (2013) International perspectives on elder abuse. London: Routledge. 
Spreadbury and Hubbard - Adult Safeguarding practice handbook Spreadbury K and Hubbard R (2020) The adult safeguarding practice handbook. Bristol: Policy Press.
Starns - Safeguarding adults together under the Care Act 2014: a multi-agency practice guide Starns B (2019) Safeguarding adults together under the Care Act 2014: a multi-agency practice guide. St Albans: Critical Publishing.
Thompson - Strengthening child Thompson K (2016) Strengthening child protection: sharing information in multi-agency settings. Bristol: Policy Press. 
Wate and Boulton - Multi-agency safeguarding in a public protection world : a handbook for protecting children and vulnerable adults Second edition. 2019 Wate R and Boulton N (2019) Multi agency safeguarding in a public protection world: a handbook for protecting children and vulnerable adults. Shoreham by Sea: Pavilion.
Watson - Safeguarding and protecting Watson G & Rodwell S (2014) Safeguarding and protecting children, young people and families: a guide for nurses and midwives. London: SAGE. 

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Upcoming events relating to this subject guide

  • 20 May 2021 Online

    RCN Children and Young People's Nursing Virtual Conference 2021

    This virtual conference will provide clinicians and managers with up-to-date guidance, national policy developments and resources that will enable enhanced care and service provision to infants, children, young people and their families.  

  • 21 Jul 2021

    HEE and NHSEI Learning Disability Nursing Celebration Event

    Join HEE and NHSEI to celebrate the contribution of students, newly registered learning disability nurses and nursing associates who have trained and qualified during the pandemic and look to the future of the profession.

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