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Safeguarding Adults (Level 1)


The course will give you the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to concerns, disclosures and allegations of abuse and substandard practice. The course will also enable you to learn about prevention and proportionate interventions, and the dangers of risk adverse practice and the importance of upholding human rights. This course complies with Level 1 Social Care and Levels 1 & 2 Healthcare.


This course is intended for everyone who works with or has contact with adults at risk of abuse and / or neglect.

This includes the following groups of people who have a duty of care for adults:

  • Those in regular or in intensive but irregular contact with adults at risk
  • Those who work predominantly with adults at risk
  • Those who have particular specialist adult safeguarding responsibilities
  • Professional advisers and designated leads for adult safeguarding
  • Operational managers of services for adult safeguarding
  • Senior managers responsible for the strategic management of services for adult safeguarding
  • Members of Local Safeguarding Adults Boards

    About this course

    This Safeguarding Adults course contains five modules:

  • What is Adult Safeguarding?
  • What is Abuse and Neglect?
  • Recognising Abuse and Neglect
  • How to Respond to Abuse and Neglect
  • Safeguarding and Mental Capacity
  • Upon successful completion of all five modules you will be automatically awarded a certificate containing the course name, completion date, CPD hours and learning objectives.

    The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and refresher guides.


    This course will enable you to: 

  • Know the legal duties to safeguard adults
  • Understand what is meant by adult safeguarding
  • Learn the importance of avoiding risk averse practice
  • Learn the aims of adult safeguarding
  • Know the six principles of safeguarding
  • Learn about ‘person-centred’ and ‘outcomes-focused’ safeguarding practice
  • Know what is meant by abuse
  • Learn who is at risk of abuse
  • Know why a person might abuse another
  • Learn when abuse is more likely to happen
  • Learn about the patterns of abuse
  • Know the different types of abuse and neglect
  • Explain the features of each type of abuse
  • Understand the importance of balancing safeguarding with empowerment
  • Learn what you should do if you suspect abuse or neglect
  • Know how to respond to a disclosure
  • Know what to say to an adult at risk
  • Learn what to do in an emergency
  • Understand the importance of good record keeping
  • Learn what Mental Capacity means
  • Understand the principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand the implications of the Mental Capacity Act when supporting a vulnerable adult at risk
  • Understand what is meant by 'Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards'


    Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

    Is there a legal duty to safeguard adults?; The Care Act - legal duties; What is ‘Safeguarding’?; Advocating safety measures; Aims of adult safeguarding; What approach should be taken?; Six principles that underpin safeguarding work; Person-centred responses; Safeguarding outcomes; Making Safeguarding Personal; Who are we safeguarding?; How does it feel to be abused?; Intent; What is abuse?; Where does abuse occur?; Who is particularly at risk?; Why do people abuse others?; The five types of abuser; Predisposing risk factors; Do people always know that they are being abused?; Patterns of abuse; Physical Abuse; Misuse of medication; Sexual abuse; Signs of sexual abuse; Psychological (emotional) abuse; Signs of emotional abuse; Financial or material abuse; Managing a person’s benefits; Domestic violence; Modern slavery; Discriminatory abuse; Organisational abuse; Where does organisational abuse take place?; Neglect and acts of omission; Self-neglect; Keeping good records; Is it ok to ask questions?; It is not your role to investigate; Can you promise confidentiality?; Appropriate and inappropriate responses; Assessing seriousness; What tro do in an emergency; Can you determine abuse?; Is consent required?; Referring to Adult Social Care; Making enquiries; Whisteblowing