Adult support and protection: guidance for GPs and primary care teams

Revised adult support and protection guidance to help GPs and practitioners be confident that their actions will meet safeguarding expectations and improve outcomes.

Adult Protection – A Brief Guide

Recognise – be aware of adult protection issues and how an adult at risk of harm may present

Report – where you have an internal adviser for adult protection report the matter to them and discuss the need to make a referral but ensure this does not adversely delay referring

Refer – Refer the patient and their circumstances through your local adult protection referral process. Where the matter is urgent contact the relevant emergency services.

Record – use the patient record to note the issues that arose, the circumstances and the actions you took and the rationale for your actions.



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