Competency frameworks are a useful tool for developing knowledge, skills and understanding of key areas of practice.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have developed ‘the Safeguarding Adults Competency Framework’ to support best practice in safeguarding adults at risk of harm, abuse or neglect. Included within the MAPP is a suite of documents for use by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adults Workforce to support individuals and organisations to undertake their safeguarding roles and responsibilities in a confident and competent manner (see Local Guidance and Templates, Safeguarding Adults – Competency Framework).

This Competency Framework can be used by everyone who works or volunteers with adults or who is responsible for improving their outcomes.

Everyone, regardless of job role, must demonstrate competency in the Core Competencies which are those numbered 1 – 3.

NB: There is a separate Safeguarding Children Competency Framework that you may also need to use within your organisation.


If your organisation already has an existing mandatory Safeguarding Framework; for example, Skills for Health or Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff or the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) for the Police, the training will meet the requirements of the local Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) if it is generally aligned with this framework. Therefore, in this situation it is not necessary to complete this framework in addition to your agency standards.

However, if your organisation does not have a Safeguarding Framework in place, meeting the competencies would support an environment of continued professional development and meet the safeguarding expectations of the SAB.