Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness.

It is recognised that adults who are vulnerable in society are at a must greater risk of being abused and/or neglected, even in settings that are set up to care and support them. Everyone working in care or in the community has a safeguarding responsibility. This is especially true for those working with vulnerable adults who may have limited means for looking after themselves.

SOVA Training is a critical learning course which, teaches the important Safeguarding Vulnerable adults and equip individuals with the knowledge to identify and report concerns, helping to protect vulnerable adults from harm.

This SOVA 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 competence required to be able to report and record any concerns learners may have with confidence and help to protect vulnerable adults from further harm.

All organisation must ensure that their staff are trained in and fully understand their role and responsibilities as set out in the  ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse – National Policy and Procedures’.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course 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: Introduction to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Awareness

  • What is Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • Learning Outcomes

Unit 2: Safeguarding and Legislation

  • Definitions applicable to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Legislation and policies applicable to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Unit 3: ‘Vulnerable’

  • Definitions of vulnerable
  • What makes an adult vulnerable
  • Groups who are at high risk of experiencing vunerability

Unit 4: Abuse

  • Definition of abuse
  • Types and categories of abuse
  • Signs of possible abuse
  • How does abuse happen
  • Who can abuse

Unit 5: Dealing With Disclosures of Abuse

  • Role of frontline personnel
  • What is a complaint, concern and allegation
  • Barriers to disclosing abuse
  • How do people become aware of abuse
  • Who is responsible for reporting abuse
  • Consequences of not reporting abuse
  • False allegations/making false claims

Unit 6: Reporting Concerns and Possible Abuse - The Process

  • Who do you make a report to
  • Do’s and don’ts when a disclosure is made
  • When should a concern be reported
  • Who to report allegation to and what information is needed

Unit 7: 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 disclosure
  • Workplace policies helping to reduce the risk of abuse


Who is the course intended for?

This course is open to all healthcare assistants, community workers, nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals who work with vulnerable people.

Benefits of Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Awareness Training is a critical learning course which, teaches the importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults and equip individuals with the knowledge to identify and report concerns, helping to protect vulnerable adults from harm. This training ensures that the learner has fundamental information to support him/her in protecting people who may be vulnerable to abuse.