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:
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Safeguarding Codes
- Extremism and Radicalisation
- Domestic Abuse
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
Training (online, face to face or in work experience) on the following topics can contribute to safeguarding learning:
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Capacity Act
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
- Female Genital Muitilation
- Substance Misuse
- Other Mental Health Issues
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.
Record FGM in the clinical record of the woman and her family members using the codes below:
- At risk of FGM 13VY
- FGM K578
- Family history of FGM 12b
Other Professional Resources
- Children's Social Care Team based in the JR on 01865 221236
- Children's Social Care Local and Community Support Service
- The Oxford Rose Clinic sees anyone affected by FGM and provides medical, psychosexual and psychological support. Women can self-refer or be referred by professionals
- The OSCB FGM screening tool
- FGM at a Glance. Background information on FGM
Advice and Resources for Patients and Families
- NHS Choices information on FGM in English and several other languages
- The statement opposing FGM (FGM passport)
- Oxford Against Cutting a local support organisation
- Afruca and Forward UK are national organisation
Safeguarding codes are available from the RCGP website. A draft Policy for Adult Safeguarding has been developed for practices. You can find details of the codes which can be added to a patient record to update and clear historical warning alerts in this document instructions (requires EMIS Support Centre login)
If you are worried about radicalisation or would like information about training on prevent for you or your staff visit: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/fire-and-public-safety/safeguarding-extremism
Please find further information below which you may find useful:
If you are worried about domestic abuse / violence visit the Oxfordshire Adult Safeguarding Board website.
Further useful information can be found at the Reducing the Risk website.