Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness

Teaches the importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults.

About Course

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness Training is a critical learning course which equips learners with the knowledge to identify and report concerns, helping to protect vulnerable adults from harm. The course has been created to develop peoples understanding of vulnerability and capacity, to create an awareness of what constitutes abuse and, be able to identify indicators of abuse.

The course aims to teach the learners the competency required to be able to report and record any concerns learners may have with confidence and help to protect vulnerable adults from further harm. This training ensures that learners has fundamental information to support him/her in protecting people who may be vulnerable to abuse. Learners will know how to identify signs of abuse and know how and when to report it.

Who is this training course intended for?

The course is suitable for all healthcare assistants, community workers, nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals who work with vulnerable people.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:


  • Define the terms “vulnerable person” “capacity” and “abuse” and the legislation governing Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Outline the types of abuse and recognise the situation where abuse is at a higher risk and the people who may abuse a vulnerable person
  • Describe their role in the safeguarding of vulnerable persons
  • Recognising the signs of abuse
  • Relay the procedures when responding to concerns or allegations of abuse of vulnerable persons

Course Content

Unit 1: Safeguarding & Legislation
  • Definitions of vulnerable adults, “Capacity” and abuse
  • Irish legislation and policies relating to Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • The rights of the individual
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 to make a report to
  • Do’s and Don’ts when a disclosure is made
  • When should a concern be reported
  • How to report a possible allegation, what information is needed
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

Course Delivery Method

This course is delivered online through Skills Team Online Learning Portal that can be used on any device – desktop, mobile or tablet – whenever and wherever you wish. You do not have to complete the course in one sitting and can pause, and come back to the course content at a later stage, as you see fit.

At the end of the course learners are required to complete a multiple choice exam, you will need to reach a mark of 80% or more to receive a certificate of completion. The certificate is valid for 2 years.

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