FAQ: How often do GPs need to do adult safeguarding training?

Whilst the CQC will certainly be interested to ensure that practices and staff know how to recognise and respond to vulnerable adults, the safeguarding adults training requirements for GPs in this area, and for now, the appraisal requirements, are less clearly defined than they currently are for safeguarding children and young people.

So what adult safeguarding training should I be doing?

In the absence of current clear guidance, you could consider translating the level 3 competencies required for child safeguarding across to safeguarding adults:

Translation of level 3 competencies to safeguarding adults


  • Aware of national guidance, professional duties of care
  • Aware of local adult safeguarding board arrangements
    • e.g. make it one of your appraisal supporting evidence items to study and reflect on local pathways and document this for your appraisal.
  • Importance of information sharing and confidentiality

Clinical knowledge


  • Able to contribute to, and make considered judgements about how to act to safeguard/protect a vulnerable adult.
  • Able to present safeguarding concerns verbally and in writing for professional and legal purposes as required (and as appropriate to role, including case conferences, court proceedings etc)

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