The Safeguarding Specialists
01379 871091

Adults England

Legislation, Statutory and Good Practice Guidance,  

and Regulatory Authorities 


Safeguarding adults is a Statutory Duty  for Local Authorities (LA) with Adult Services Responsibilities under the The Care Act 2014 This Act also requires the local LA to set upSafeguarding Adult Boards (SAB) which includes the NHS and Police. Local policies and procedures are produced by SABs

To make an adult safeguarding referal contact your or visit

your local Safeguarding Adult Boards (SAB)

Dial 999 in an emergency

NHS England Safeguarding app

Disclosure and Barring Service


Health and Care Act 2022

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 England and Wales

Domestic Abuse Act 2021

 The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record Certificates: Relevant Matters) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018

Data Protection Act 2018

Digital Economy Act 2017

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Serious Crime Act 2015

Part 5 of this Act is about Protection of Children etc

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

The Care Act 2014

An Act to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers, to make provision about safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect, to make provision about care standards, to establish and make provision about Health Education England, to establish and make provision about the Health Research Authority, and for connected purposes.

Improper administration of medicine –s.67 Medicines Act 1968

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Mental Health Act 1983 

Compulsory admission to hospital or guardianship for patients not involved in criminal proceedings (Part II).

Family Law Act 1996 (the 1996 Act)

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Sex Offenders Act 1997 see also 2003

An Act to require the notification of information to the police by persons who have committed certain sexual offences; to make provision with respect to the commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Human Rights Act 1998

Data Protection Act 1989

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

An Act to protect individuals who make certain disclosures of information in the public interest; to allow such individuals to bring action in respect of victimisation; and for connected purposes.

The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 

Special measures directions in case of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

Trustees Act 2000

Includes trustees duty of care

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Relating to offences against children. It includes the offences of grooming, abuse of position of trust, trafficking, and covers offences committed by UK citizens whilst abroad. It also updates the Sex Offenders Act 1997 by strengthening the monitoring of sex offenders.

Communications Act 2003

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Mental Capacity Act 2005

An Act to make new provision relating to persons who lack capacity; to establish a superior court of record called the Court of Protection in place of the office of the Supreme Court called by that name; to make provision in connection with the Convention on the International Protection of Adults signed at the Hague on 13th January 2000; and for connected purposes.

Health and Social Care Act 2008

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

The Serious Crime Act (2007) section 44

The Mental Health Act 2007

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Care Standards Tribunal (Children’s and Adults’ Barred Lists) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2008

Equality Act 2010 

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012

Extends the 2004 offence to include “causing or allowing child or vulnerable adult to suffer serious physical harm”.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Defamation Act 2013


Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: statutory guidance for NHS organisations in England, and police forces in England and Wales

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation July 2020

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information 2019

Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales April 2019

Care and Support Guidance for Care Act 2014 updated 2023 

Female Genital Mutilation Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for professionals May 2016

Guidance on Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 March 2015

Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of Forced Marriage 2014

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice November 2014

Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 March 2014


DBS filtering guide November 2020

Female Genital Mutilation Prosecution Guidance updated October 17th 2019

Relationships and sexuality in adult social care services Guidance for CQC inspection staff and registered adult social care providers February 2019

NICE Guidance on Decision-making and mental capacity October 2018

DBS guidlines for a criminal record check from October 2nd 2017

Hate Crime for those affected 2017

CPS statements on Hate Crime 2017

Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance 2017

Whistleblowing: Prescribed persons guidance 2017

FGM safeguarding pathway 2017

A manual for good social work practice Supporting adults who have dementia 2015

Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes September 2015


Whistleblowing Helpline for the NHS and Social Care Telephone 08000 724725

Department for Health and Social Care all Regulations and Guidance

Safeguarding in general dental practice April 3rd 2019 (England)


For Health and Social Care 

Care Quality Commission (CQC) all Regulation and Guidance


Charity Commission

Charity Commission all Guidance and Regulation