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The importance of professional curiosity in safeguarding adults

Research in Practice have just published a briefing on professional curiosity in safeguarding adults.

The briefing has been authored by three senior adult safeguarding leaders from NorfolkHelen Thacker, Dr Ann Anka and Bridget Penhale

Professional curiosity is a concept which has been recognised as important in the area of safeguarding children for many years. More recently however, Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) have highlighted a similar need for professional curiosity in safeguarding adults with care and support needs (Braye et al 2014; Preston-Shoot 2017).

This Research in Practice briefing draws from research and published SARs to examine the nature of professional curiosity and the enablers that strategic leaders and others can put in place to create the conditions for cultures of curiosity to develop and grow in their organisations.

Please note the briefing is FREE to RiP members and non-members can purchase it for £10.

Read The importance of professional curiosity in safeguarding adults.

Helen Thacker is the Head of Service, Safeguarding for Norfolk County Council Adult Social Services Department. Dr Ann Anka is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of East Anglia. Bridget Penhale is a Reader in Mental Health of Older People at the University of East Anglia.