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.

It is vital that all staff understand the practice’s safeguarding policy and have appropriate training for their role and responsibilites. Staff should know how to recognise signs of abuse in children, young people and vulnerable adults, understand their responsibilities around information sharing and documentation of concerns and know how to report and escalate safeguarding concerns. Staff may be asked about these issues during a CQC inspection.

The following articles highlight specific issues around safeguarding and how the CQC expects practices to deliver best practice in this area.

CQC expectations on safeguarding

  • Safeguarding children
    The CQC will want GPs and all other practice staff to demonstrate their competence in safeguarding children and young people at risk during an inspection. This includes undertstanding how to identify a child in need of safeguarding, arrangements for recording a safeguarding concern and awareness of the external process for reporting the concern.
  • Safeguarding adults at risk
    This article explains how practices can demonstrate their competence in safeguarding adults at risk during a CQC inspection, inlcuding what the CQC expects from practices staff and the procedures that should be in place.

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