Safety Matters: Practitioners’ Handbook - Revised Third edition (2019)

Published: 01/05/2019

Author: Pike L, Skowron P, Stanforth L, Sutton J


Safeguarding adults means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. It is about promoting individuals’ wellbeing and preventing both the risk of, and the experience of, abuse and neglect wherever possible.

This handbook was first published in 2009 as part of a Change Project called Safety Matters. The project brought research and practice together to identify what works best in safeguarding. The handbook was further updated in 2013, and Research in Practice for Adults is now delighted to publish a fully updated third edition in 2018. The new edition takes account of recent policy and culture changes in safeguarding adults under the Care Act 2014, and following the national implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Person-centred practice | Safeguarding | Mental capacity | Direct work with individuals and families | Organisational context

CQC - Caring | Responsive | Safe | Well-led

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