Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in GP practices
The CQC expects practices to have robust systems in place for safeguarding children and adults at risk. This includes ensuring all staff have received the appropriate level of training for their role and that they all understand the system for reporting concerns.
GP practices should have a system in place to manage and review risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
During an inspection the CQC will also expect practices to have a risk register of vulnerable patients and robust information governance in place. All practices should have a safeguarding lead.
Download the following document for more information – Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in GP practices
See the following page for more information on CQC regulation and inspection
GPs and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
GPs and their staff (and all providers of health and social care) should have a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to ensure that they can act in a patient’s best interest.
The following document provides a reminder of the principles of MCA, including:
- When to appoint an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA)
- Lasting power of attorney (LPA)
- Court of protection.
It then details how the application of DoLS has changed following a Supreme Court Judgement in March 2014. Click here to download.Gillick Competency and Fraser Guidlines
The following documents and links will be useful for those needing training and/or updates and general information regarding child and adult safeguarding.
The LMC organises a level 3 safeguarding presentation by safeguarding leads every March for the Sessional GPs for their appraisal. If you are a Sessional GP and would like to be added to the distribution list contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Advice & Support
- Advice & Guidance
|10115||'Striking the Balance' report DoH April 2012|
|10102||2016.3.14 GP Training Requirements Safeguarding Children V Final|
|10107||CQC Access to children's health records (2)|
|10103||DV Practice Guidance June 2012|
|10101||Ethical guidance for doctors|
|10841||Gillick Competency and Fraser Guidlines|
|10104||GP Practice Sample Safeguarding Adult Policy|
|10108||Information from the CCG safeguarding team FGM Feb 2015|
|10109||Information from the CCG safeguarding team Covert meds Jan 15|
|10110||Making the decision to share information when you have child protection concerns|
|10111||Protecting Children And Young People- GPC|
|10112||Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety Flow Chart|
|10105||RCGP NSPCC Toolkit Essential Elements|
|10113||Safeguarding Children and Young People (A joint GPC-RCGP Statement)|
|10106||Safeguarding July 2016 Advice From GPC |
|10114||Safeguarding training for GP practices 30 7 2014|