Practice Guidance and Resources

This section contains links to a wide range of practice guidance and resources to support practitioners in their safeguarding role.

Legal Powers and Remedies

Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

This guide clarifies existing powers and legal options relating to access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect where access is restricted or denied. It is intended as a source of ready reference rather than as a learning tool, laying out the potential routes to resolution. It is important that social workers and their managers are as clear as possible on which legal powers or options apply to which situations, and in cases of any uncertainty that they consult their senior managers and/or the legal department of the Local Authority. Throughout the guide there are inks to information on the relevant legislation and case law.

Gaining access to an adult suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect – a guide for social workers and managers in England (SCIE, 2014)


Safeguarding adults from harm

This guide is aimed primarily at practitioners working in various settings for organisations involved in safeguarding. But it may also be useful for volunteers and family. It aims to equip practitioners with information about how to assist and safeguard people. Knowing about the legal basis is fundamental, because the law defines the extent and limits of what can be done to help people and to enable people to keep themselves safe.  This guide is intended to serve as a pointer to the law and to how it can be used. It tries to explain the law in reasonably simple terms, so it is selective and does not set out full details of each area of law covered. When it comes to the law, further advice will often be needed, but an awareness of it can help practitioners ask the right sort of question and explore possible solutions.

Safeguarding adults from harm – a legal guide for practitioners (SCIE, 2011)


Domestic Abuse

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

This guide is for practitioners and managers in councils and partner agencies engaged in working directly or indirectly with people who have care and support needs, whose circumstances make them vulnerable, and who may also be victims of domestic abuse. Its purpose is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse. It addresses situations where an adult who has care and support needs is being harmed or abused by an intimate partner or close family member in a way which could also be defined as domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse – a guide for practitioners (Local Government Association, 2015)


Mental Capacity

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The legal framework provided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is supported by this Code of Practice (the Code), which provides guidance and information about how the Act works in practice. The Code has statutory force, which means that certain categories of people have a legal duty to have regard to it when working with or caring for adults who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Cheshire West Ruling)

The Supreme Court has published a Ruling regarding the cases of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council and P&Q v Surrey County Council which overturns previous judgements that had defined deprivation of liberty more restrictively. The Court has now ruled that all people who lack the capacity to make decisions about their care and residence and, under the responsibility of the state, are subject to continuous supervision and control and lack the option to leave their care setting are deprived of their liberty. The person’s compliance or lack of objection to their placement, the purpose of it or the extent to which it enables them to live a relatively normal life for someone with their level of disability are all irrelevant to whether they were deprived of their liberty, ruled the court. This means that many people are likely to have been deprived of their liberty unlawfully and without safeguards in settings including care homes and supported living placements. Proper application of the judgement is likely to see a significant increase in DOLS applications regarding care home placements, and also applications to the Court of Protection to authorise deprivations of liberty in supported living.

Cheshire West DOLS Ruling



Commissioning for Better Outcomes

This guidance outlines standards to support a dynamic process of continuous improvement and, through self-assessment and peer review, to challenge commissioners and their partners, to strengthen and innovate to achieve improved outcomes for adults using social care, their carers, families and communities. The standards are relevant to all aspects of commissioning and service redesign, including decommissioning. The standards have been designed to reflect the improvements that experience has shown are needed, to support the transformation of social care to meet people’s reasonable aspirations, and to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

Commissioning for Better Outcomes


Achieving a better quality of life for older people with high support needs

SCIE and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has identified seven key challenges that need to be met for older people with high support needs, so that they can achieve a better quality of life. A new At a Glance briefing, published by SCIE, summarises each of the seven challenges set out by JRF, along with relevant SCIE resources related to meeting the challenges.

Guide to achieving better quality of life for older people with high support needs


Safeguarding in Commissioned Services

This guidance is designed to provide a clear framework with which to respond to safeguarding concerns occurring in regulates NHS and social care settings.

HSAB Guidance on Safeguarding in Commissioned Services (2015)


Making Safeguarding Personal

Making Safeguarding Personal Guide

This guide is intended to support councils and their partners to develop outcomes-focused, person-centred safeguarding practice. It was originally drafted to support the 53 councils who signed up to Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in 2013/14. It has been updated based on their experience. It gives some guidance about how to embark upon and take forward Making Safeguarding Personal in your council if your local area is interested in the approach.

Making Safeguarding Personal Guide 2014


Making Safeguarding Personal Toolkit

The toolkit is set out in a modular format with a summary of key areas. These areas range from models, theories and approaches to skills and areas of specialism that safeguarding practitioners need to be aware of. It can be used as a practitioner guide for pointers on how to respond to individual cases, or as a starting point resource for service development. It has been designed as a resource that will develop over time and allow updates and amendments to be made as development takes place or innovative and effective practice comes to light.

Making safeguarding Personal – toolkit for responses (Local Government Association, 2015)


Honour-Based Violence

Honour Based Violence

A multi-agency guidance document for agencies and organisations to use with cases or suspected cases of Honour Based Violence in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

PAN Hampshire HBV Multi-Agency Guidance


Female Genital Mutilation

Hampshire Safeguarding Boards have developed new multi-agency policy and practice guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This covers mandatory reporting duties relating to girls under 18 year old and also our wider responsibilities to women over 18 years who may have been subject to FGM.  In this section, you will find the current FGM multi-agency policy, reporting flowcharts for under 18’s and for adults and a risk assessment tool.

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Housing and Adult Safeguarding

This resource explains the role of the housing sector in adult safeguarding.

Safeguarding and Housing

Modern Slavery

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Quick reference guides


Safeguarding Process

This explains what providers can expect if they are involved in the safeguarding process.

Information for Providers on the Safeguarding Process


Principles underpinning the safeguarding process

The safeguarding process outlined in this document is underpinned by a number of important principles which should inform the day to day safeguarding practice of partner organisations and their practitioners.

Principles underpinning the safeguarding process


Signs and Indicators of Abuse

This document outlines a range of possible signs or indicators of abuse staff need be aware of.

Signs and Indicators of Abuse


Self Neglect and Persistent Welfare Concerns

Self Neglect

This guidance aims to support practitioners, adult and their carers/family members, to identify when to raise concerns regarding poor self-care, or lack of care for living conditions. The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework provides an effective tool for responding to cases of self-neglect and persistent welfare concerns.

HSAB Guidance on Responding to Self Neglect


Guidance for Care Providers

This area contains a wide range of guidance and tools to support care providers in their safeguarding adults role.

HSAB Care Act 2014 Implementation Top 20 Checklist

HSAB Safeguarding Adult Lead Role Profile

HSAB Guidance on writing a Safeguarding Adult Policy

HSAB Organisational Safeguarding Audit Tool (Voluntary and independent sector version) April 2015