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Safeguarding Adults (Awareness) - for Health and Social Care


Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who works with vulnerable adults and this course explains what is meant by the terms used, how to recognise abuse, how to reduce the risk of abuse, and what to do if you suspect abuse or if abuse is disclosed to you.


This course is aimed at:

  • New members of staff in Healthcare Support Worker roles
  • New members of staff in Adult Social Care Worker roles
  • Any staff members who provide direct care to patients or individuals needing support
  • This course will also be useful for:
  • Staff moving into new roles within their organisation
  • Refreshing the knowledge of any member of staff

    About this course

    This course contains nineteen bite-sized modules that use practice-based scenarios, videos and engaging questions to bring the subject to life.

  • The nineteen modules are:
  • Explain the term safeguarding adults
  • Explain your role in safeguarding individuals
  • List the main types of abuse
  • Describe what constitutes harm
  • Why an individual may be vulnerable to harm or abuse
  • Describe what constitutes restrictive practices
  • List the possible indicators of abuse
  • Describe the nature and scope of harm to and abuse of adults at risk
  • List factors that have featured in adult abuse and neglect
  • Demonstrate the importance of treating individuals with dignity and respect
  • Where to get information and advice about your role in preventing harm and abuse
  • How can care environments promote or undermine dignity and rights
  • Explain the importance of individualised person centred care
  • The basic principles of helping people to keep themselves safe
  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Adults policies and procedures
  • Reducing the likelihood of abuse
  • Explain how a clear complaints procedure reduces the likelihood of abuse
  • Respond to suspected or disclosed abuse
  • Protect people from harm and abuse - locally and nationally
  • Each module takes between five and ten minutes to complete; the modules that contain video clips take a little longer. The knowledge element of standard 10 of the Care Certificate is covered in this course. 


    In this course you will learn: 

  • What is meant by 'Safeguarding Adults'
  • The definition of a vulnerable adult
  • How to prevent unintentional abuse
  • About the main types of abuse
  • How to recognise the signs of abuse
  • The definition of harm
  • What restrictive practices are
  • Where abuse takes place
  • About the purpose of serious case reviews
  • How treating individuals with respect can reduce the risk of abuse
  • Where to find out more about adult safeguarding
  • About the importance of person centred care
  • How to help people to keep themselves safe
  • About Safeguarding Adults Boards
  • Why safeguarding policies and procedures are relevant to you
  • About managing risk
  • About the importance of clear complaints procedures
  • What to do if you suspect abuse
  • What is whistleblowing
  • How to support and individual who reports abuse
  • About legislation relating to abuse of adults
  • Whether and when you can share confidential information


    Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

  • What is Safeguarding Adults?| What is the definition of a 'vulnerable adult'?| How to recognise abuse| How to prevent unintentional abuse| How to report abuse: What are Safeguarding Adults Boards: Managing risk| Helping people to keep themselves safe| The purpose of serious case reviews| The importance of person centred care in reducing abuse.