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The role of professionals in Safeguarding Adults is an increasingly important, and complex, area of practice requiring a good level of skill and ability.

The World Health Organisation suggest for many staying out of harms’ way is a matter of locking doors and windows and avoiding dangerous places, people and situations; however for many of the individuals you work with it is not quite so easy.  The threat of abuse is often behind those closed doors, hidden from public view and for those living in the midst of adult abuse fear permeates many aspects of their lives.

The resources produced by the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work have been developed to support practice, to complement the good work already being undertaken and whilst the media rightly focuses on the failings of the system, it is important for us to also celebrate the little successes achieved on a daily basis but never seen by the media or wider society, but which make such a difference to those you work with.

It is right not to be complacent, but, it is also right to be confident, confident that you can and do make a difference.


In 2010, Learn to Care commissioned the development of a framework to quality assure practice in Safeguarding Adult services to try and ensure consistent practice across England and Wales.

Di Galpin (Senior Lecturer, Safeguarding Adults) and Lucy Morrison (Research Assistant) undertook research to identify the key areas of practice which were failing those most vulnerable. Findings from CQC inspection reports, serious case reviews, a review of academic research, focus groups and interviews with professionals and managers who deliver services, along with feedback from service users and carers, was collated to discover areas of practice that required improvement.  Drawing on work already undertaken by East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Partnership the National Capabilities Framework for Safeguarding Adults was born.

Since its development over 12,000 copies have been distributed across health and social care departments throughout England and Wales.


Following the National Capability Framework the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work developed, in partnership with Worcestershire Social Service, a workbook to support  unqualified health and social care staff demonstrate good practice in safeguarding those they work with who are being abused, or are most vulnerable to abuse.

This workbook provides the information and training needed to establish the minimum standard of competence required of those who work with adults. The National Capability Framework for Safeguarding Adults and this workbook, used together, enables employers and employees to establish consistency in approach to Safeguarding Adults. The workbook will enable employees to demonstrate competence in their practice in a way that is in line with their occupational role and responsibilities.


In 2012, Di Galpin developed a range of resources to support qualified professionals improve practice and meet the requirements of the national capabilities framework. This included a workbook for professionals in Staff Group B as well as an on-line tool designed to enable professionals improve their practice in Safeguarding Adults at risk of harm.

The Safeguarding Adults Framework Evaluation tool (SAFE tool) provides practitioners with an easy to use resource, which they can use to both evaluate and develop their practice. In November, the National Centre held the highly anticipated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Conference with Lord Justice Munby, Gary Fitzgerald, Rob Brown and David Hewitt as keynote speakers.


In June Mike Lyne delivered the final workbook in the Safeguarding series.

This workbook seeks to assist strategic and operational managers to benchmark existing knowledge and understanding of safeguarding adults at risk of harm and stimulate further investigation as appropriate.

Our resources are part of our on-going commitment to supporting practitioners, and the organisations they work in, to continue improving the lives of those at risk of harm and who are experiencing abuse. We never forget at the centre of practice in safeguarding adults is a person in need of support.

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