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Safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

Legislation such as the Care Act means you need to understand and develop your workforce in order to prevent abuse, and to recognise and respond effectively in order to safeguard adults at risk and improve outcomes for people who need care and support.

Our Guide to adult safeguarding covers the key aspects of safeguarding in your workplace. The guide features ten key points of adult safeguarding and provides details of where to find further information.

Safeguarding as part of induction

Intended for those new to the sector but available to all, the Care Certificate Workbook (Standard 10 and Standard 11) includes some key information about safeguarding that can complement your own safeguarding training and induction.

If you’re regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), you must comply with their Fundamental Standards.  Our Recommendations for Care Quality Commission Provider's Guide  includes a section around induction related training, including information about safeguarding training. See Section 5 'induction related training' for information on safeguarding training.

Safeguarding resources from other organisations

We’ve brought together the latest resources and best practice from partners to help you find key information about safeguarding. Resources are organised under key questions and statement


Best practice

Our Learn from Others website has good practice from employers. The additional good practice section gives you access to the best safeguarding practice from across the country.

Meeting the challenges of safeguarding

We commissioned a review to identify evidence about current practice in adult safeguarding - what works, what are the key characteristics of effective practice, and where the gaps in the evidence base exist.


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