Good Practice Safeguarding

Good Practice Safeguarding Project 

General practitioners play a key role in safeguarding people by providing care throughout their lifetime. Patients and their families allow us into their lives, often at times of great distress, to support and help them. This is a great privilege, but also gives us great responsibility. It is when we get into the realms of safeguarding that these two roles, privilege and responsibility, most clearly meet. Combining these roles enables us to be powerful advocates for our most vulnerable patients.

The RCGP's Good Practice Safeguarding Project is working towards the vision that the safeguarding of adults and children will be embedded into every day routine general practice and become a normal part of our ongoing holistic care.

There is currently no recognised national standard for GP adult safeguarding training at any level. The College is addressing this with a proactive safeguarding programme by producing resources and events to inform and help primary care teams improve their knowledge when caring for people of all ages at risk of harm, or those lacking the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Clinical team 

Dr Joy Shacklock

Dr Joy Shacklock is the RCGP Safeguarding Clinical Champion. Joy is a Named GP for Child & Adult Safeguarding & Perinatal Mental Health Champion in Harrogate and Rural District CCG.

Aims of the project

The main aim of this project is to raise standards in safeguarding of vulnerable people of all ages through providing resources to ensure GPs and practice teams are aware of the latest developments in legislation and guidance across all four devolved nations.

Key outputs

Launched in July 2017, the Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm toolkit provides info sheets, templates, and handy guides for all the primary care team. The toolkit contains essential knowledge on safeguarding and will help general practice teams to apply legislation to protect people’s right to live safety, free from abuse and neglect.

We have also developed a short Good Practice Safeguarding Video to demonstrate the important role every practice team member plays in safeguarding patients

Forthcoming work

We are currently reviewing and updating the Children’s Safeguarding Toolkit which will be available in early 2019. 

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