2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 2

Published: 09/02/2021


Stage learning outcome

  • Recognises safeguarding concerns in patients and healthcare professionals

Key capabilities


Identifies, documents and acts on child protection and vulnerable patient concerns


Communicates effectively with appropriate teams, appreciating the issues of confidentiality, consent, information sharing and data protection


Applies the principles of adult safeguarding: empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, accountability, partnership


Applies the mental capacity legislation in clinical practice to protect the safety of individuals and society, and to address appropriate consent to treatment


Describes the needs and support required for people with learning disabilities, autism, acute confusion, dementia and mental illness

Examples of evidence

Experience & logbook:
  • range of surgical specialties and patient groups in theatre setting, obstetrics, pre-operative assessment clinics and Intensive Care Unit.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • management of consent with a child or adolescent involving parents
  • knowledge of the local procedure for referral of a child for safeguarding concerns
  • involvement with cases where there are safeguarding issues with children or adults
  • adjustment to pre-operative assessment and consent when dealing with vulnerable adults or children
  • involvement with cases dealing with vulnerable adults and children as listed in key capability E.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • attendance at local mandatory training including safeguarding, information governance and mental capacity act
  • experience of the involvement of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate.

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Professional Behaviours and Communication
  • Education and Training
  • all specialty specific domains.