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Safeguarding adults e-learning course

This course develops an understanding of safeguarding and the role of health sector staff in identifying and working with vulnerable adults


To live a life free from abuse and harm is a basic human right. We are all responsible for the protection of vulnerable people from harm. It’s everybody’s business. Vulnerable adults rely on us to take the right steps to help keep them safe. If we don’t, who will? To ignore abuse and neglect is to allow it to continue and that is never acceptable.

Course content

Level 1

  • Introduction to Safeguarding Adults
  • Assessment

Level 2

  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Assessment


1 hour 20 minutes approx

What will learners get out of it?

  • Describe the importance of dignity and respect in individual-centred care
  • Define the term 'safeguarding' and understand the role you must play to recognise and report abuse
  • Define abuse and list the different types of abuse
  • Identify why some adults are vulnerable or more at risk from abusive behaviour and the indicators of abuse
  • Understand how to better include service users in the plan of care
  • Describe relevant legislation and staff policies, procedures and responsibilities
  • Describe the principles of restraint and Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS)
  • Understand how to take appropriate action and who to speak to about abuse.

Who is the course for?

Part A is intended for all staff working within the NHS.

Part B is intended for clinicians and non-clinicians in a management or supervisory role.


The two parts are followed by an assessment designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.

Accreditations & Endorsements

Originally commissioned by the Workforce Development Directorate, NHS South of England (originally NESC), for use in NHS South Central. It was adopted nationally following a small scale review by local Safeguarding leads and the Department of Health Safeguarding Adults Team.

Core Skills Framework

This course meets the outcomes for the Framework.

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