Adult Safeguarding Hub

The FFLM, supported by NHSE&I, has run three courses on the Forensic Aspects of Adult Safeguarding in 2021/2022 to support experienced practitioners who are keen to learn or improve their skills in documenting injuries and writing reports for the purposes of an adult safeguarding enquiry.

A Forensic Adult Safeguarding Group has been established and at the first meeting in May 2021 developed the following terms of reference:

  • To provide time for discussion of cases in a relaxed, nonthreatening environment.
  • To share professional experience.
  • To review cases to ensure appropriate evidence-based management.
  • To view photo-documentation accompanying the case presentation.
  • To provide an opportunity for emotional support.
  • To provide training for clinicians
  • To help identify areas for additional training for the group and/or individuals concerned.
  • To stimulate ideas for audit and/or research

Future meeting dates of the Forum are:

  • Wednesday 27 March 2024 – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday 12 June 2024 – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday 18 September 2024 – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday 04 December 2024 – 13:00 to 14:00

The group welcomes all members of the FFLM to attend with any adult safeguarding queries for discussion.

If you would like to attend please email

Resources as below are being developed for those who are involved in or may be interested in, this field of practice to support collaborative working in this area of practice.

Forensic Aspects of Adult Safeguarding Course

The FFLM has developed a course on the forensic aspects of adult safeguarding. The course is delivered in two half-day workshops and covers the following topics:

  • Consent for examination;
  • Documentation and interpretation of common injuries;
  • Adult Safeguarding Medical Reports (S42 Inquiry);
  • Statement Writing and Courtroom Skills;
  • Working with the police and social care.

You can take a look at the programme from one of our previous courses here.

If you would like further details on this course, please contact

Virtual Adult Safeguarding Day 2024

Save the date! We’re pleased to advise that we will be holding our Third Virtual Adult Safeguarding Day on 16 April 2024.

Free for FFLM Members and those working in the NHS to attend.

Register your interest in attending here:FFLM Forensic Aspects of Adult Safeguarding Forum – March 2024 – FFLM

Virtual Adult Safeguarding Day 2023

On Tuesday 18 April, the second ‘Forensic Aspects of Adult Safeguarding’ conference took place virtually. This was a joint venture between the FFLM and NHSE&I. The collaboration is a result of the Humber Forensic Pilot Project looking at injuries sustained by adults at risk of harm as defined by the Care Act 2014.

Over 200 people attended the event. The subjects covered included, a hugely informative lecture on the inherent jurisdiction by Polly Sweeney a partner at Rook Irwin Sweeney. Other sessions included evidence preservation and the overlap of domestic homicide reviews with safeguarding adult reviews. Anna Rycroft, a consultant autopsy pathologist discussed what pathology could and could not add to investigation of deaths of adults at risk of harm. Elisabeth Alton also gave an update on the Humber Forensic Pilot Project. The audience were very engaged with comments such as:

  • This has been one of the most useful days of learning for me as a GP – I feel inspired by you all and the amazing work you have all done. Thank you so much.
  • I have to say this has been one of the best Adult Safeguarding training events I have attended in a long time, the depth and level of information has been outstanding, equally all the speakers have exercised my brain on what to challenge going forward.

Funding is hoped to be sourced from NHSE&I for a future conference next year.

Recommended Reading

Useful FFLM Publications

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5 May 2022

Proforma – Forensic Examination: Adult Victim of Suspected Assault/Non-Accidental Injury (NAI)

30 May 2013

Proforma – Body diagrams

11 January 2022

Proforma – Examination of adult complainant of domestic violence

3 May 2020

Recommendations – Child Safeguarding: Information Sharing Guidance for Healthcare Professionals working in Police Custody

11 October 2020

Recommendations – Forensic clinicians as witnesses in criminal proceedings

8 January 2024

Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Specimens from Complainants and Suspects

8 January 2024

Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Specimens from Complainants and Suspects – the evidence

19 March 2021

Recommendations – Assessment of People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities in Police Custody

23 July 2023

Non-fatal strangulation in physical and sexual assault

7 February 2024

PICS Working Group Guidelines on Photography

7 February 2024

Proforma – Consent form for photographs

External Safeguarding Resources