Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults

Unit Title: Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (Safeguarding Adults at Risk)

Provisional Level: 2

Guided Learning Hours: 2

Purpose and Aim:

To equip care workers with the skills to recognise and respond to abuse and neglect for those who deliver care or support others in their own home.

The course explores the introductory requirements for recognising and responding to abuse and neglect, focussing specifically on:

  • The relevant legislation and associated organisational policies and procedures
  • Definitions of abuse and neglect and the related signs of abuse and neglect taking place
  • Types and forms of abuse and neglect
  • Reporting and overcoming abuse and neglect

By the end of this course learners should be able to:

  • Describe the key points of government legislation and regulation to protect vulnerable adults (now adults at risk)
  • Explain the purpose of organisational policies and procedures in protecting adults from abuse and neglect
  • Define the term “abuse” distinguishing between the various patterns of abuse
  • Recognise the types of abuse and their related signs
  • Identify the organisational issues involved in protecting vulnerable adults and identifying the abusers
  • Explain the importance of reporting and whistle-blowing on actual or potential abuse


This unit is assessed through written and oral questions and professional discussion.