National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults – Comprehensive and Concise

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Comprehensive Version (Updated December 2015)

This is the third edition of this framework; it has been updated to meet the requirements of The Care Act 2014. This framework sets out minimum standards a professional should seek to demonstrate in practice when safeguarding adults.

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Concise Version (Updated February 2016)

This document is the concise version of the National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults, A Comprehensive Guide. The aim of this document is to outline the competencies within the workforce to allow staff and volunteers ensure the safety and protection of adults at risk of or experiencing abuse and/or neglect (adult at risk). It offers a clear framework of these competencies within varied roles where you may work with an adult at risk.

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The Safeguarding Adults at Risk Series


The developments at the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work in Safeguarding Adults at risk

The World Health Organisation suggest for many staying out of harms’ way is a matter of locking doors and windows and avoiding dangerous places, people and situations; however for many of the individuals you work with it is not quite so easy.  The threat of abuse is often behind those closed doors, hidden from public view and for those living in the midst of adult abuse fear permeates many aspects of their lives.

The role of professionals in Safeguarding Adults is an increasingly important, and complex, area of practice requiring a good level of skill and ability. The resources produced by the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work have been developed to support practice, to complement the good work already being undertaken and whilst the media rightly focuses on the failings of the system, it is important for us to also celebrate the little successes achieved on a daily basis but never seen by the media or wider society, but which make such a difference to those you work with.

Its right not to be complacent, but, it is also right to be confident, confident that you can and do make a difference.

The resources discussed above are part of our on-going commitment to supporting practitioners, and the organisations they work in, to continue improving the lives of those at risk of harm and who are experiencing abuse.  We never forget at the centre of practice in safeguarding adults is a person in need of support.

Click here to read more about how these resources were developed.