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Course overview

This online Safeguarding Adults course will outline the safeguarding process for adults at risk. You will learn how to recognise the signs and types of abuse, how to respond to a disclosure and report a safeguarding concern. It also introduces the relevant legislation. 

This is an introductory course, requiring no prior knowledge. If you are a Safeguarding Lead and you deal with  vulnerable adults, consider taking our advanced online Safeguarding Lead Training for Children and Vulnerable Adults course in addition to this one.

Healthcare professionals still follow a framework that refers to safeguarding levels for training, which outlines minimum training and competency requirements for various roles and it is essential to refer to this framework to ensure you’re selecting the appropriate safeguarding course.

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What you will learn

In this online Safeguarding Adults course you’ll gain a solid foundation in understanding how to safeguard adults at risk, as well as obtain guidance on relevant safeguarding procedures and legislation.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what the term ‘safeguarding’ means and recognise your responsibilities for safeguarding adults at risk.
  • Have an awareness of the variety of legislation and guidance that pertains to safeguarding adults, ensuring you remain compliant and informed.
  • Be able to define the several types of abuse, ensuring clear identification and differentiation between them.
  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the range of indicators of abuse, neglect and exploitation, allowing you to recognise situations where an adult at risk may be harmed.
  • Be aware of the effects of personal values and attitudes towards abuse, ensuring that personal biases do not hinder objective assessment.
  • Understand your responsibility to take action when you suspect abuse or when someone discloses it, including the correct procedures for reporting concerns.
  • Know the importance of maintaining a person-centred approach, ensuring the well-being and autonomy of the individual are always prioritised.


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1. Introduction
This introductory module will define ‘adult at risk,’ clarifying who falls under this term. It will also explain what adult safeguarding is and provide examples of instances where safeguarding adults at risk has failed.
2. Legislation and Guidance
Safeguarding follows a structured set of guidelines and legal protocols. This module offers an insight into these elements and their real-world applications for vulnerable adults. Moreover, it highlights the different organisations engaged in safeguarding, detailing their specific roles and the protective measures they adhere to.
3. What is Abuse and Neglect?
For effective abuse detection, reduction and prevention, it’s essential to clearly define its nature and manifestations. Grasping the different types of abuse enhances our capability to identify its indicators.

By the end of this module, you’ll gain a clearer insight into the definition of abuse, its specific forms and how to recognise them.

4. Signs and Indicators of Abuse and Neglect
Many people, regardless of age, find it hard to voice the abuse they suffer. Their anxiety can show as changed or difficult behaviors, key signs of potential abuse. Abusers often hide their actions, sometimes appearing caring. Recognising these subtle signs is vital to detecting potential harm.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the definitions of abuse and understand how to recognise the various signs associated with different types of abuse.

5. Maintaining a Person-Centred Approach
Numerous abuse cases are reported multiple times before receiving the appropriate intervention. Adopting a person-centred approach ensures that potential victims are prioritised in safeguarding situations.

By the end of this module, you’ll gain a clearer insight into the principles of person-centred care.

6. Responding to Concerns
This module builds on previous discussions about the importance of inter-agency collaboration and recognising signs of abuse. While maintaining confidentiality is vital, knowing when and to whom to report is equally crucial. Effective and timely reactions to abuse disclosures can make all the difference. This module will walk you through the right procedures, highlighting recommended actions and pitfalls to avoid.

By the module’s conclusion, you’ll know how to act in potential abuse situations. Additionally, a detailed step-by-step guide will help you address and manage any concerns that arise.

Who is this course for?

  • Education staff in adult learning
  • Healthcare and non-clinical staff 
  • Social care workers
  • Carers
  • Administration staff who may come into contact with adults at risk
  • Volunteers, church leaders and charity workers who may deal with adults at risk


This online Safeguarding Adults course is accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in safeguarding best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 2 years as safeguarding guidance does change. You should update your safeguarding knowledge and skills regularly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this course the same as a course that uses the term 'safeguarding vulnerable adults' in its title?
Yes, it is. Many consider the term ‘vulnerable’ as negative, believing it assigns individuals with a ‘victim status’ and potentially marginalises them. Because of this, we often use ‘adult at risk’ or simply ‘adult’ throughout this course. For a more detailed understanding of these terms, refer to our article ‘Safeguarding Adults at Risk: A Guide‘.

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