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

The next meetings of this forum are:

  • Wednesday 28 September 2022 – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Wednesday 07 December 2022 – 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 forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk.

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 forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk.

Recordings from our Virtual Adult Safeguarding Day

Recordings from our Virtual Adult Safeguarding Day on 23 April 2022 can be accessed here.

Topics covered include:

  • Findings of Fact in the Court of Protection;
  • Differentiating between Accidental and Non-Accidental Injuries;
  • Working with the Police;
  • CPS charging decisions – poor care or neglect?

These presentations are free for FFLM Members and NHS Staff to view.

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

12 January 2022

Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Specimens from Complainants and Suspects

12 January 2022

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

3 February 2020

PICS Working Group Guidelines on Photography

15 January 2021

Proforma – Consent form for photographs

17 March 2020

Non-fatal strangulation in physical and sexual assault

External Safeguarding Resources