Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults


This online Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training course is designed to be taken by anybody who works with adults at risk. The course covers the different signs of abuse and what to do if you think a vulnerable adult has fallen victim to abuse.

This CPD Accredited and IIRSM Approved training course takes just 35 minutes to complete and provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • Which groups of adults might be considered ‘vulnerable’ or at risk, and the forms such risks may take.
  • The types of abuse that adults in your care might be experiencing or have experienced, and how to address them.
  • The details of the Mental Capacity Act, and your responsibilities for working towards compliance with this and related legislation.

Course Contents

This course consists of three sections:

Section 1: safeguarding

The first section of this course explains safeguarding, the risks that vulnerable adults might need to be protected against, and who these risks are likely to affect. It highlights signs of harm, neglect and abuse that you should look out for, and the legal regulations and procedures in place for safeguarding adults with which you need to comply.

Section 2: what is abuse?

Abuse comes in different forms and styles and it is important for you to understand early signs to ensure the protection of the people with whom you work. This section provides examples of types of abuse to look out for, their symptoms, and effects, to prepare you for making decisions about how to deal with any situations of abuse you recognise while working.

Section 3: dealing with abuse

Different types of abuse require different responses and, as a care worker, you have a responsibility towards confidentiality with your patients. This section will explain what to do in the event that you are made aware of abuse, through the disclosure of a sufferer or your own discovery. This includes the safest and most effective ways to record evidence of abuse, who to report to and how to go about it, and what to do in an emergency to ensure the safety of yourself and your patients.

About the Course


Safeguarding is about protecting people from harm, but also includes the promotion of their wellbeing. This course tackles the variety of ways that adults can be vulnerable to neglect and abuse from a number of places, including the seven major forms of abuse, detailing how signs of harm might be recognised and what to do to stop them.

Across three modules, we answer complicated questions about how to handle the confidential disclosure of harm while ensuring it does not continue or get worse. The course highlights the importance of a ‘partnership of care’ across relevant care services, and how to apply a person-centred approach to ensure the individual needs of each patient are being met. It provides practical guidance on the stages of reporting, such as making referrals, keeping records, and what information to include in a written report.

This course works alongside the 14 other awareness courses that make up the care certificate standards. 

Offering practice-based information and advice, this course acts as a precursor to the practical training required to obtain the care certificate.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 50 minutes to complete.


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