Making Safeguarding Personal toolkit

The practice toolkit handbook guides you through the best approach and effective application of safeguarding with a range of helpful tools and practice based case examples.

1. Information and advice: audit

This tool supports you individually, as a team, or as an organisation to consider the information and advice you provide about safeguarding processes and how to improve this.

Information and advice audit tool 

2. Information and advice: what's working / not working

This tool supports you to review what is working and not working for a person you are working with in terms of the safeguarding information and advice that they receive.

Information and advice What's working / not working tool

3. Circles of support

This tool introduces circles of support as a way of working.

Circles of support tool

4. Jargon buster

This glossary is aimed at anyone who feels bewildered or confused by the jargon used in the work of safeguarding adults.

Jargon buster tool

5. Six principles "I" statements

What might 'good' like for advocacy? contains a tool on page 26 which you can use as a checklist with a person involved in safeguarding and to inform the ways in which professionals communicate with people about safeguarding. 

Six principles - 'I' statements tool 

6. When you can't make your own decisions

This tool helps to plan for the future by creating a lasting power of attorney (LPA).

When you can't make your own decisions tool

7. Promoting less restrictive practice

This tool aims to help practitioners identify restrictions in a person's care, in order to examine whether the care is the 'least restrictive' possible, as required by the Mental Capacity Act. It can also be used as part of care planning to 'promote liberty and autonomy' in care plans.

Promoting less restrictive practice tool

8. Providing information about the Human Rights Act

This tool supports you to apply human rights in practice.

Providing information about the Human Rights Act tool

9. Anti-oppressive practice tool

This tool helps you to consider the oppression that may be experienced by people you work with.

Anti-oppressive practice tool

10. Risk enablement chart

This tool looks at how you can manage the potentially conflicting demands of risk and enablement in order to promote wellbeing.

Risk enablement chart

11. Supervision using the Ethical Dilemmas tool

You can use this tool to help you to explore ethical dilemmas in supervision when working with complexity in promoting people's rights and safeguarding them from harm and abuse.

Supervision using the ethical dilemmas tool 

12. What to do if you suspect domestic abuse or coercive control

This tool offers tips for a safe enquiry if you suspect domestic abuse or coercive control.

What to do if you suspect domestic abuse or a pattern of coercive control

13. The Duluth Model

The Duluth Model is an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence.

The Duluth Model

14. Responding to FGM

The aim of this tool is to motivate FGM-affected communities in the EU to work for its full abandonment.

Responding to FGM tool

15. Anti-racist practice: critical self-reflection

This tool provides a framework for exploring the terms 'anti-oppressive', 'anti-discriminatory' and 'anti-racist' used in social work practice.

Anti-racist practice - Self reflection tool 

16. Signs of safety and wellbeing practice framework

This tool provides a 'signs of safety and wellbeing' practice framework.

Signs of Safety and Wellbeing tool 

17. Appreciative inquiry podcast

Listen to this podcast to hear more about the appreciative enquiry approach.

RiPfA appreciative inquiry podcast

18. Characteristics of good recording checklists

This tool will support you to consider your recording practice.

Characteristics of good recording checklist tool

19. Legal literacy 

This tool will support you to develop skills in legal literacy.

Legal literacy 

20. Support to change attachment behaviour

This tool helps people to build new internal working models with a different understanding of themselves and others. From this they can change their behaviours and, therefore, their relationships. 

Support to change attachment behaviour tool

21. Motivational interviewing

This tool will support you in skills about motivational interviewing.

Motivational interviewing tool

22. Solution-focused communication

Solution-focused communication focuses on an individual's future hopes - helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals. 

Solution-focused communication tool

23. Family Group Conferencing

This tool from Ripfa sets out the process for a Family Group Conference.

RiPfA family Group Conferencing tool

24. Mediation stages

This tool supports practice in mediation.

Mediation stages tool

25. Restorative questions

The restorative questions underpin a restorative practice approach and can be usefully applied in all practice in social care. Their aim is to understand the person’s perspective and to enable them to identify the resolution or solution.

Restorative questions tool 

26. Building confidence to say no

This tool is based on a short SCIE video (six minutes) of a Plymouth City Council project which aims to support people with learning disability to have the confidence and skills to protect themselves. Each session involves a paid co-trainer who is an adult with learning disability. 


Building confidence to say no tool