If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a vulnerable adult, and need advice and support from local safeguarding officers or appropriate teams see the contact list here

Further information and frequently asked questions are detailed below:


What Safeguarding Training can I Access?

Both Safeguarding Boards offer face to face and online training which will contribute towards your level 3 safeguarding training requirements. OCCG also run regular safeguarding workshops which are open to all practice staff and are advertised via the practice safeguarding leads and practice managers.

Details of the adult safeguarding training can be found on the Oxfordshire Adult Safeguarding Board website. The intercollegiate guidance on adult safeguarding, endorsed by the Royal College of GPs, for safeguarding competency for healthcare staff can be found here

A summary of the safeguarding training guidance for all primary care staff can be found here

A template training passport document can be found here.

Training (online, face to face or in work experience) on the following topics can contribute to safeguarding learning:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Female Genital Muitilation
  • Exploitation
  • Substance Misuse
  • Other Mental Health Issues

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What Primary Care Clinicians  Should do.

If you are worried about a child at risk of FGM follow the procedure. If you are aware that FGM has occurred in a young person under the age of 18 (either through first hand disclosure or examination - you do NOT need to examine to confirm) then you have a mandatory reporting duty to report this directly to the Police by ringing 101.  This is not a transferable duty.  

Follow the procedure for all women, where you are aware that FGM has occurred, you should discuss the FGM enhanced dataset requirements with them.  There is RCGP guidance on mandatory recording under the FGM enhanced dataset and national guidance on how to report as well as supporting information.  

Other Professional Resources

Advice and Resources for Patients and Families

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Safeguarding Codes

Safeguarding codes are available from the RCGP website. A draft Policy for Adult Safeguarding has been developed for practices.  

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Extremism and Radicalisation

If you are worried about radicalisation or would like information about training on prevent for you or your staff visit:

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Domestic Abuse

If you are worried about domestic abuse / violence visit the Oxfordshire Children's Safeguarding Board website

Further useful information can be found at the Reducing the risk website.

Please find further information below which you may find useful:

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