MS18 – Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults


Course Content

Course Contents • Module One: Introduction • This module looks at what the key principles of safeguarding • vulnerable adults are, giving you an overview of what is • meant by ‘safeguarding’ and who is classed as a vulnerable • adult by law. The module also looks at the famous Steven • Hoskin safeguarding case. • • Defining safeguarding • • Key principles • • Dignity • • Who is a vulnerable adult? • • Steven Hoskin • • Why is training important? • Module Two: Understanding Why Vulnerable Adults Are • at Risk • This module explains what is meant by ‘abuse’ so that you • understand more about how to recognise it. The module • outlines who is likely to be at risk from abuse and which • factors may put some adults more at risk than others. • • What is abuse? • • Who are adults abused by? • • Consent • • Factors that increase risk • • Mental capacity • Module Three: Types of Abuse • This module provides an overview of each of the main • categories of abuse, explaining the characteristics of each • one and outlining some of the key indicators and warning • signs for you to look out for. • • Categories of abuse • • Physical abuse • • Emotional/psychological abuse • • Sexual abuse • • Neglect and acts of omission • • Financial abuse • • Discriminatory abuse • • Institutional abuse • Module Four: Responding to a Disclosure • This module explains what you should do and how you • should react if a vulnerable adult brings information about • abuse to your attention. The module raises awareness of why • some adults may not tell you about abuse and details what • actions to take next. • • How a concern may come to your attention • • How to respond to a disclosure • • Why adults often don’t disclose information • • What to do next • • Whistleblowing • Module Five: Reporting Your Concerns • This module looks at the reporting procedures you should • follow when concerns about abuse have come to your • attention. The module explains why it’s so important to • pass on your concerns, detailing who to report to, what to • say and what you can do next. • • Your responsibilities • • Why some people don’t take action • • Who to report to • • What if the report isn’t taken seriously? • • What if the concerns are about a professional? • • When to report a concern • • What needs reporting? • • Check existing records • • What happens next? • • Recording information • Module Six: What Happens After a Referral • This module looks at the various steps that follow a referral • to adult social care, explaining the different decisions that • social care may make and outlining what happens next in • the safeguarding process. • • Adult social care’s decision • • What to do if you don’t agree with the decision • • Strategy discussions • • The case conference • • Protection plans • • Reviewing the plan • • Discontinuing the plan By the end of this course you will: • Understand why safeguarding vulnerable adults training is so important for everyone within your organisation. • Have an awareness of which adults are most at risk and which factors increase the likelihood of being at risk from harm. • Know more about the different categories of abuse, plus the potential warning signs associated with each type. • Understand how to respond appropriately to a disclosure from a vulnerable adult and know what to do next. • Know how to report any concerns that you may have. • Understand what happens in the safeguarding process after a referral to adult social care has been made