Adults England

Legislation Statutory and Good Practice Guidance, Frameworks, Action Plans, Research and Reports

Bills and Drafts


The Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19

The Gambling (Industry Levy Review and Protections for Vulnerable People) Bill 2017-19

Charity Trustees (Time Off for Duties) Bill 2017-19 England, Wales and Scotland

The Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill

Victims of Crime (Rights, Entitlements, and Notification of Child Sexual Abuse) Bill (HL Bill 39) 2017

Digital Economy Act 2017 (Amendment) (Definition of Extreme Pornography) Bill [HL] 2017-19

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL] 2017-19



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

A Bill 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

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

127 Improper use of public electronic communications network

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

   (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—

   (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,

   (b) causes such a message to be sent; or

   (c) persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

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.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) written into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 implemented 2009 (archived)

The safeguards are designed to protect the interests of an extremely vulnerable group of service users and to:
- ensure people can be given the care they need in the least restrictive regimes
- prevent arbitrary decisions that deprive vulnerable people of their liberty
- provide safeguards for vulnerable people
- provide them with rights of challenge against unlawful detention
- avoid unnecessary bureaucracy

Health and Social Care Act 2008

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

An Act to make provision in connection with the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

The Serious Crime Act (2007) section 44

Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence

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

An Act to provide for the destruction, retention, use and other regulation of certain evidential material; to impose consent and other requirements in relation to certain processing of biometric information relating to children; to provide for a code of practice about surveillance camera systems and for the appointment and role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner; to provide for judicial approval in relation to certain authorisations and notices under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; to provide for the repeal or rewriting of powers of entry and associated powers and for codes of practice and other safeguards in relation to such powers; to make provision about vehicles left on land; to amend the maximum detention period for terrorist suspects; to replace certain stop and search powers and to provide for a related code of practice; to make provision about the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and about criminal records including provision for the establishment of the Disclosure and Barring Service and the dissolution of the Independent Safeguarding Authority; to disregard convictions and cautions for certain abolished offences; to make provision about the release and publication of datasets held by public authorities and to make other provision about freedom of information and the Information Commissioner; to make provision about the trafficking of people for exploitation and about stalking; to repeal certain enactments; and for connected purposes.

Defamation Act 2013

Statutory Guidance


Care and support statutory guidance updated October 1st 2018

Changes to Care and support statutory guidance updated October 1st 2018

FGM mandatory reporting duty: guidance for healthcare professionals update January 2017

 Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation 2016

Female Genital Mutilation Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for professionals May 2016

Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales 2016

Prevent Duty Guidance: for further education institutions in England and Wales 2016

Prevent Duty Guidance: for higher education institutions in England and Wales 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

Good Practice Guidelines, Training and Policy


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

Overarching principles of sentencing domestic abuse Definitive Guidelines for England and Wales February 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

Ofsted Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults policy February 2015

ABE Special Measures - Crown Prosecution Service Legal Guidance

Information Sharing: Guidance for practitioners and managers 2008

Striking The Balance: Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian principles to Domestic Violence and MARACS. April 2012

This guidance is intended to assist those involved in information sharing between agencies about Domestic Violence to make decisions. It identifies the underlying ethical considerations so that tensions between confidentiality and information sharing may be resolved


Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity 2019

Enhanced Due Diligence: Safeguarding for external partners published October 2018 (UK)

Safeguarding duties for charity trustees England and Wales updated July 2018

Automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees and charity senior positions 2018

Charities: how to protect children and adults at risk 2018

Actions to tackle exploitation and abuse agreed with UK charities 2018

Regulatory and risk framework 2018

Safeguarding duties for charity trustees England and Wales December 2017

How to report a serious incident in your charity updated 2017

Regulatory alert to charities - safeguarding 19 December 2017

Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities 2017 

Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties 2016

Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employee 2015

Charity Commission’s Safeguarding children and young people 2014

All Health and social care practitioners

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff August 2018


General Practitioners and all Medical Practitioners

GMC Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information (2017)

Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together 2008

General Medical Guidance: Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety 2012


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


Record Keeping guidance for nurses and midwives 2015

Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives 2013

 Codes of Practice

Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 in England (updated 2015)

Frameworks and Action Plans, Fact Sheets, Plans and Policy


Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated December 2017

FGM protection orders factsheet published December 2016

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards factsheet 2015

A Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Action Plan March 2014 Closing the Gap: Priorities for essential change in mental health 2014 

Sets out 25 priorities for change in how children and adults with mental health problems are supported and cared for.

 Reports and Research


Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes 2019

CQC Interim report: Review of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with a mental health problem, a learning disability and or autism 2019

The Response to Domestic Abuse: Consultation Response and Draft Bill

Parliamentary briefing: Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill - House of Lords report stage

Safeguarding Adults, England 2017-18 Report  published

Annual Violence against Women and Girls report

 Sexual safety on mental health wards CQC 2018

National Referral Mechanism Statistics –End of Year Summary 2017

Enfield's Safeguarding Adults Review into the care and risk management of P; an adult with learning disabilities who is believed to have committed a number of sexual assaults over a 10-year period. March 2018

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board and Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults with Needs for Care and Support in Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2018

Sexual offences in England and Wales: year ending March 2017

Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC), Annual Report, England 2016-17

County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2017

Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board Serious Case Review: Following the murder of a young adult, ‘Melissa’, 18 years old, in October 2014 published September 2017

 The state of care in mental health services 2014 to 2017 published by Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Right to Decide: Towards a greater understanding of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

Teeside Adult Safeguarding Board Safeguarding Adult Review 2017

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Law Commission Report March 2017

Taking Control: the need for fundamental bailiff reform 2017

Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System 2016

Care of the dying adult December 16th 2015

CQC State of Care Report 14/15

Care and Support: What's Changing Updated September 2015

Right here, right now: Mental health crisis care review 2015 (Summary) 

Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide April 2015

Winterbourne View: Transforming Care Two Years On. January 2015

A safer place to be 2014

A CQC report on the number of 'places of safety' available

CQC Report on Covert Surveillance October 2014

Cracks in the Pathway: People’s experiences of dementia care as they move between care homes and hospitals 2014 (CQC)

Valuing every voice, respecting every right: Making the case for the Mental Capacity Act 2014

West Sussex Adult Safeguarding Board Orchid View Serious Case Review June 2014

New offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect Consultation document and Impact Assessment Document 2014

Nutrition and Dementia 2014

Introducing Fundamental Standards January 2014

Application processes for foreign national criminality information Frequently Asked Questions December 2013

Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry 2013 Summary

Mid Staffordshire NHS FT public inquiry: government response 2013

South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board Winterbourne View Hospital A Serious Case Review 2012

Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital: Department of Health Review Final Report 2012



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