Policy briefing

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

Essential information

Safeguarding involves protecting an individual’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect, and is a key component of high-quality health and social care. All healthcare staff have a responsibility for the safety of their patients. Those in most need of protection are children and young people, and adults with physical or mental impairment and those with learning disabilities.

What’s new?

An intercollegiate document, published by the RCN on behalf of 17 contributing organisations, sets out the roles and competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding.

Adult safeguarding: rules and competencies for healthcare staff aims to guide professionals to identify the competencies they need to ensure individuals receive personalised and culturally sensitive safeguarding.

The document offers a framework


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