No Secrets: guidance on protecting vulnerable adults in care

Sets out how commissioners and providers of care services should protect vulnerable adults.

Applies to England


No Secrets: guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse

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‘No Secrets’ will be repealed by the Care Act 2014 on 1 April 2015. The act contains replacement and mandatory requirements around adult safeguarding. See chapter 14 of ‘Care and Support Statutory Guidance’

‘No Secrets’ sets out a code of practice for the protection of vulnerable adults.

It explains how commissioners and providers of health and social care services should work together to produce and implement local policies and procedures. They should collaborate with the public, voluntary and private sectors and they should also consult service users, their carers and representative groups. Local authority social services departments should co-ordinate the development of policies and procedures.

Published 20 March 2000
Last updated 22 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to highlight the repeal of ‘No Secrets’ by the Care Act 2014

  2. First published.