Adults Wales

Legislation Statutory Good Practice Guidance Action Plans Research and Reports



Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] 2017-19 England and Wales

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 



Data Protection Act 2018

Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Digital Economy Act 2017

Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

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

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

The Bill will reform and integrate social services law for people and make provision for:

  • Improving the well-being outcomes for people who need care and support, and carers who need support;
  • Co-ordination and partnership by public authorities with a view to improving the well-being of people;
  • Complaints and representations relating to social care and palliative care;
  • Local authorities’ social service functions and that of Welsh Ministers to intervene in a local authority’s exercise of its social services functionsand connected purposes.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

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

Trustees Act 2000

Includes trustees duty of care

Sex Offender 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.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999

Special measures directions in case of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

Care Standards Act 2000

An Act to establish a National Care Standards Commission; to make provision for the registration and regulation of children’s homes, independent hospitals, independent clinics, care homes, residential family centres, independent medical agencies, domiciliary care agencies, fostering agencies, nurses agencies and voluntary adoption agencies; to make provision for the regulation and inspection of local authority fostering and adoption services.

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

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

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

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

The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

The Serious Crime Act (2007) section 44

Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006

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

Defamation Act 2013

Statutory Guidlines


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

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

Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice updated 2016

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

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

 Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 March 2014

Good Practice Guidelines

Overarching principles of sentencing domestic abuse Definitive Guidelines for England and Wales February 2018

Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated December 2017

DBS guidlines for a criminal record check from October 2nd 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

Review of In Safe Hands, A review of the Welsh Assembly Government's Guidance on the Protection of Vulnerable adults in Wales 2010.

Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Guidance on Interviewing Victims and Witnesses and Using Special Measures’ 2011

ABE Special Measures - Crown Prosecution Service Legal Guidance 2011

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


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 Practioners

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)

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

General Medical Guidance: Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together 2008


Record Keeping guidance for nurses and midwives 2015

Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives 2013

Codes of Practice

The Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 for Wales

Frameworks and Action Plans and Fact Sheets


A Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Action Plan March 2014

The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023

Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action 2011

Reports and Research


The Response to Domestic Abuse: Consultation Response and Draft Bill

National Referral Mechanism Statistics –End of Year Summary 2017

Sexual offences in England and Wales: year ending March 2017

County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2017

FGM protection orders factsheet published December 2016

Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide April 2015

User involvement in adult safeguarding Published September 2011 Review September 2014

Social care institute for excellence Adults’ Services Report 47




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