The 1st April 2015 marks a significant turning point in relation to Safeguarding Adults due to the implementation of the Care Act 2014. The Care Act 2014 replaces the ‘No Secrets’ Guidance. The Joint Safeguarding Adults Policy replaces all previous Policy documents for the participating Local Authorities and reflects the new legal requirements of the Care Act 2014, together with its associated guidance.

National Policies, Procedures and Strategies

Home Office publishes updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gands: HO County Lines Guidance 

County lines refers to a model used by criminal gangs, whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.  The guidance is available here.

Alongside the guidance, there are resources (available here) to help policing and statutory staff recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs.

The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. (Click the links for details)  These are:

Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly.  

Modern Slavery Toolkit

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery.

This toolkit has been developed in response to research undertaken by the IASC and the Rights Lab in 2017 showed that anti-slavery partnership work was developing across the UK, however it lacked consistency and resources. It also found there to be a lack of monitoring and evaluation of partnership activity and limited understanding of what constituted good practice.

This toolkit aims to help guide practitioners in their work to tackle modern slavery through the sharing of resources and good practice examples, to inspire action and prevent duplication. You can view the toolkit here

NHS England

Royal College of Nursing


Domestic Abuse