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Information for Practitioners

This area of the site is for people working or volunteering with adults. For information on safeguarding topics, including local policies and procedures please find the relevant topic below. If you're working in Southend please access their SAB website and Thurrock please access their SAB website.

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SET Safeguarding Adult Guidelines

Developing a Safeguarding Adults Policy

The Safeguarding Adults Board have developed this guide for organisations who do not currently have a safeguarding adults policy or who wish to update their existing policies and practice guidance.

A Guide to Developing a Safeguarding Adults Policy

Guidance on SAR Referrals

Guidance to help practitioners decide whether a statutory review is required for cases they are managing where they suspect an adult has experienced serious abuse and neglect.

One Minute Guide to SAR Referrals

Reporting Concerns and SETSAF forms

Information on how to raise a safeguarding concern, SETSAF 1 Form, SETSAF Risk Form and DASH risk form all available here.

Types of abuse

The Essex Safeguarding Board defines the ten different categories of abuse as: Physical abuse, Domestic abuse, Sexual abuse, Psychological abuse, Financial or Material abuse, Modern slavery, Discriminatory abuse, Organisational abuse, Neglect and Self-neglect. More information on the different types of abuse and information on different types of safeguarding issues is available here.


The Supreme Court has handed down a judgment which is of the greatest importance to health and social care providers. The judgment has widened and clarified the definition of deprivation of liberty.

Health and social care providers, and CQC inspectors, must understand how to decide whether arrangements made for the care and/or treatment of an individual who might lack mental capacity amount to a deprivation of liberty.

Access key documents and links to further advice in our MCA and DoLS section.

The CQC Briefing Paper can be downloaded here.