This topic covers the steps that primary care services should take to safeguard their adult patients from abuse and to deal with suspected abuse or harm. The safeguarding of children is covered in a separate topic.

Employers' Duties

The practice manager should:

  • be familiar with all current national policies and guidance on the safeguarding of adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect

  • comply with all legislative requirements concerning the safeguarding of vulnerable people receiving a service

  • provide staff with adequate training on safeguarding issues

  • produce and maintain policies and procedures on the safeguarding of service users from abuse

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