Your role as Alerter

Your role as ‘Alerter’ in the Safeguarding Process


Your assessment should be holistic and thorough considering the patient’s emotional, social, psychological and physical presentation as well as the identified clinical need. You need to be alert to:

Golden Rules: Holistic Assessment

These rules are focused on patients in an inpatient setting, but could easily apply in principle to patients being seen in General Practice, Out Patient Clinic, Day Service or in the Community/Patients Home.

On admission:

Before discharge:



Remember that you are accountable for what you do or choose not to do.