Introduction to Safeguarding Adults


The Introduction to Safeguarding Adults course has been designed for anyone coming into conduct with an adult who may have a vulnerability such as suffering domestic abuse or other types of adult abuse such as physical, emotional sexual abuse, and neglect and/or suffering from a mental health disorder.

  • Look at safeguarding in the current context, with the fall out of the pandemic and extra pressure on services.
  • How do we assess the vulnerability of an adult?
  • Explore the role of the Care Act and the key principles of safeguarding adults contained within in.
  • What is mental capacity and how can that impact the way in which we safeguard that adult?
  • What is financial abuse, modern day slavery and discriminatory abuse? – we will explore this in detail.
  • Look at the high profile case of Winterbourne View and discuss the learning and subsequent changes to legislation as a result of this incident.
  • Understand how to report your concerns and what steps adult social care will take.

The Introduction to Safeguarding Adults course is CPD Accredited

Course Overview

A vulnerable adult is someone aged 18 or above who may need community care services for reasons like mental health issues, disability, age or illness. They may not be able to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or exploitation. Vulnerable adults have the right to live their lives to the fullest potential, to be protected, to have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy activity, and to be treated with dignity and respect. 

Adults who need care and support may be targeted at this time because of a number of factors. Generally speaking they may need assistance with some tasks, be less up to speed with technology, more welcoming of new contacts, more trusting and – for many older people – wealthier. There is evidence that social isolation increases the likelihood of abuse. Many older and disabled people spend long periods at home alone under normal circumstances.

Many people with care and support needs will be supported either in the family home or by residential and nursing care services. It could be argued that these people will be better shielded from abuse but national statistics show high incidence of abuse where the abuser is a family member or the paid care provider. Those living alone in the community, who continue to be isolated, may be a particular target for scammers and fraudsters.

This course will develop your skills and knowledge to better safeguard the adults you are coming into contact with and identify a vulnerability at the earliest opportunity. It has been developed by a safeguarding expert and former police officer who led the high risk panel, supporting the most vulnerable adults in our communities.

The Introduction to Safeguarding Adults course is CPD Accredited

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