Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness

This course has been designed to increase your awareness and knowledge of how to protect Vulnerable Adults, through building your capacity to understanding and recognising the signs of abuse.

On completion of this course, you will have developed your knowledge and ability to professionally raise a concern where there is a disclosure of possible abuse.

The training course is divided into six units and is delivered online, it will take approximately 1 hour to complete. On completion of the course, learners are required to complete an end of course quiz consisting of 20 multiple choice style questions.

By the end of this training session you will be able to:


  • Identify vulnerable groups
  • List the different types of abuse
  • Recognise the warning signs of abuse
  • Understand your role in the protection of Vulnerable Adults and how to report a concern
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal skills, building professional relationships with those in your care and your colleagues
  • Recognise and appreciate the importance of a no tolerance approach to abuse

Course Content

Unit 1: Safeguarding & Legislation
  • Definitions related to the topic
  • Legislation relating to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • The Rights of Individuals
Unit 2: “Vulnerable”
  • Vulnerability
  • What makes an adult vulnerable
  • Groups who are at high risk of experiencing vulnerability
Unit 3: Abuse
  • Types of abuse
  • Who can abuse
  • Settings where the risk of abuse is high
  • Signs of abuse
  • Rights of the person who is vulnerable
  • Rights of the person who has experienced abuse
Unit 4: Dealing with Disclosures of Abuse
  • What is a complaint, concern and allegation
  • Safeguard’s for all involved; innocent until investigation proves otherwise
  • Barriers to Disclosing Abuse
  • How do people become aware of abuse?
  • Who is responsible for reporting concerns/possible abuse
  • If you do not report, what can happen?
  • False allegations/making false claims
  • Anonymous allegations
Unit 5: Reporting Concerns and Possible Abuse - The Process
  • Who do I make a report to?
  • Do’s and Don’ts when a disclosure is made
  • When should I report a concern?
  • How do I report a possible allegation, what information do I need?
Unit 6: What Follows a Disclosure of Possible Abuse
  • What follows a disclosure
  • The investigation
  • Management of allegations of abuse
  • The role of others
  • Notification to other bodies
  • Protected disclosures
  • Workplace policies helping to reduce the risk of abuse