Safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable adults or children from harm, abuse or neglect.

GPs play a big role to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk in Salford.

For example, the NHS is often the first point of contact for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Primary care (i.e. the first place you usually go for health advice and treatment) plays a really important role in intervening early to stop that person being harmed, provide treatment and information, and refer to specialist services.

Below is a summary of the standard for safeguarding. Please click the PDF below to read the full explanation and additional details.

What you should expect from your GP practice:


  • The GP Safeguarding Lead role is seen as a key role in the practice by regularly attending GP Safeguarding Lead Forum meetings and giving out safeguarding information at practice level as standard

  • The GP Safeguarding Leads will have completed training in Adult Safeguarding, Children’s Safeguarding Level 2 & 3, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Abuse, Prevent, and Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (as minimum)

  • Domestic abuse awareness in high-risk identified cases is managed correctly at practice level through staff training, information sharing, contribution to Salford Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, and standard Read coding application

  • All initial child protection case conference reports are provided as requested for each child (and parent if applicable) by their registered GP in the appropriate timescale on the agreed referal form

  • All children subject to child protection plans are identified on GP systems using standard Read coding application

  • The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards are identified so the appropriate safeguards are in place for those lacking capacity and practitioners are compliant with this legislation


Download full details of Standard 4.1 Safeguarding