Safeguarding Guidance for General Practices and Primary Medical Services

Welcome to the SAFEcic General Practices (GP) and other Primary Medical Service (PMS) micro-site designed for all staff.

These pages have been provided to assist personnel employing, managing, being employed
or volunteering within GP and other PMS settings. The pages focus exclusively on helping
you meet your safeguarding obligations, highlighting the checks required under the
DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) scheme (formerly CRB).
The site also details the training required by the CQC (Care Quality Commission),
including which courses are required in your setting for both safeguarding adults
and children. The training provided will help to ensure you can demonstrate you have
appropriate systems and training in place to fulfil your responsibilities in respect of safeguarding.


Useful FREE Resources

The PDF documents below provide additional guidance and can be downloaded and stored.

CQC's New Style Inspections

Royal College of General Practitioners & NSPCC Safeguarding Children Toolkit

Protecting Children & Young People

eSafety Referral Flowchart

eSafety Leaflet

Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS –Accountability and Assurance Framework 2015

EU General Data Protection Regulation: The Key Points For GPs


helathsector GDPR

Getting Started With Safeguarding

If you require any assistance please call the SAFE Team on 01379-871091.


About SAFE's Training

SAFE is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company focused exclusively on safeguarding. We provide a one-stop solution for everything from DBS (formerly CRB) checks, through policy creation and guidance, safeguarding management briefings and incident support, to training (both face to face and online).

The courses meet the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competences for health care staff Intercollegiate document September 2014.

Within your setting you will have a multi-professional team including general practitioners, various nursing roles and a range of other staff such as support staff and practice management.  Some staff will have a commitment to continual professional development (CPD) and SAFE's training represents 3 hours of verifiable CPD.

Staff Training Requirements

In addition to the mandatory DBS checks, all staff within the practice must be trained in standard child safeguarding, and standard adult safeguarding, which will give them insight on how to recognise potential signs of abuse and how to respond to concerns in a way that provides protection for all those involved. Training can be taken online or face to face and both SAFE's online and face to face training courses.

Those who carry more responsibility for safeguarding may access multi-agency training via their Safeguarding Children Partnership/Boards(SCBs), and health specific safeguarding training via local NHS Trusts.

The CQC does not regard training courses in child or adult safeguarding (formerly referred to as child protection and safeguarding of vulnerable adults), to be sufficient on their own. All organisations working with children, young people and adults at risk require both adult and child safeguarding policies and procedures to be in place. If your practice is privately managed and owned, SAFE Membership gives you access to template policies and procedures that can be easily adapted, saving you time and money.


Lead & Deputy Training

Each practice requires a designated lead and deputy responsible for safeguarding. The designated safeguarding lead and deputy require training in leading on child safeguarding and leading on adult safeguarding training. These courses detail their specific roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. These are in addition to the standard safeguarding courses.
All front line staff should be familiar with the recognition and prevention of FGM.
All front line staff need to be aware of the Prevent Duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Training Summary

All Staff Require:


Standard Child Safeguarding

Standard Adult Safeguarding or Standard Safeguarding Adults With Dementia


Designated Lead & Deputy Require:


Standard Child Safeguarding

Standard Adult Safeguarding

Leading on Child Safeguarding

Leading on Adult Safeguarding

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of each SAFE online training course. Certificates can be downloaded in pdf format and remain valid for two years. Managers can download an Excel spreadsheet of staff's training records for their personnel files.

Other Requirements

The CQC does not regard training courses in child or adult safeguarding (formerly referred to as child protection and safeguarding of vulnerable adults), to be sufficient on their own. All organisations working with adults at risk or children and young people also require an adult safeguarding policy and adult safeguarding procedures; child protection policy and child protection procedures to be in place and up to date.

All references and information required for organisations to create their own is available here on our website. We also offer proforma template policies and procedures (updated when appropriate) and online safeguarding self-audits free with SAFE Membership, which can save many hours of work for busy management teams.


SAFE Audits

SAFE also provides on-site Safeguarding Audits & Pre-inspection Services.

For further information click here


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