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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

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10115'Striking the Balance' report DoH April 2012
Type: pdf, 126KB, added 2 years ago
101022016.3.14 GP Training Requirements Safeguarding Children V Final
Type: pdf, 199.7KB, added 2 years ago
10107CQC Access to children's health records (2)
Type: doc, 42KB, added 2 years ago
10103DV Practice Guidance June 2012
Type: pdf, 200KB, added 2 years ago
10101Ethical guidance for doctors
added 2 years ago
10841Gillick Competency and Fraser Guidlines
Type: docx, 0B, added 2 years ago
10104GP Practice Sample Safeguarding Adult Policy
Type: pdf, 666.3KB, added 2 years ago
10108Information from the CCG safeguarding team FGM Feb 2015
Type: pdf, 357.4KB, added 2 years ago
10109Information from the CCG safeguarding team Covert meds Jan 15
Type: pdf, 198.5KB, added 2 years ago
10110Making the decision to share information when you have child protection concerns
Type: pdf, 46.9KB, added 2 years ago
10111Protecting Children And Young People- GPC
Type: pdf, 238.6KB, added 2 years ago
10112Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety Flow Chart
Type: pdf, 111.1KB, added 2 years ago
10105RCGP NSPCC Toolkit Essential Elements
Type: pdf, 176.4KB, added 2 years ago
10113Safeguarding Children and Young People (A joint GPC-RCGP Statement)
Type: pdf, 153KB, added 2 years ago
10106Safeguarding July 2016 Advice From GPC 
Type: pdf, 314KB, added 2 years ago
10114Safeguarding training for GP practices 30 7 2014
Type: pdf, 229.4KB, added 2 years ago

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