The resources below have been developed to aid safeguarding practice across Northamptonshire.

A keeping safe from abuse easy read summary has been developed to help those with care and support needs understand what abuse is and how to keep themselves safe.

A voiceover, which talks through the document, has also been produced and can be accessed below. 

​The practitioner guides below are short briefing documents for colleagues which cover a range of Safeguarding topics.

​NSAB are pleased to share a range of example Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Assessment templates to aid practitioners when undertaking a MCA assessment.

​Watch our range of bitesize videos to help inform your practice.

Controlling and coercive behaviour

Controlling and coercive behaviour is a type of domestic abuse. It may include use of acts designed to make a person feel inferior and/or dependent by keeping them apart from friends, help and support. This could include taking advantage of their money, stopping their independence, and controlling what they do. Controlling and coercive behaviour may also include acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation which is used to harm, punish or frighten the victim. 


Cuckooing is a practice where people take over a person's home and uses the property to facilitate exploitation. There are different types of cuckooing including: using the property to deal or store drugs, using the property for sex work, taking over the property as a place to live or, taking over the property to financially abuse the tenant. 

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery is defined as the recruitment, movement or harbouring of women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability or deception. It includes holding a person in a position of slavery, forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them.

Professional Curiosity

Professional curiosity is about having an interest in an indvidual and their life, rather than making assumptions. Curious professionals engage with individuals and families through visits, conversations, observations, and asking relevent questions to gather current and historical information. 

​North Northamptonshire Council and Northamptonshire Police have produced a short VLOG which explains the role of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and when a Section 136 should be used. 

Section 136 VLOG