Introduction to Safeguarding Adults (Level 1)

Formerly known as Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)

CPD Approved Skills for Care Approved
Introduction to Safeguarding Adults (Level 1)
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This Introduction to Safeguarding Adults training course will teach you about your responsibilities for safeguarding adults with care and support needs. You will learn about the relevant safeguarding legislation and the importance of safeguarding training for everyone that works with adults at risk.

This course will also teach you about the safeguarding process and how to respond to, report and record any concerns, as well as what happens after a referral is made and the common barriers that can prevent those involved from speaking out. Finally, you will learn about what happens once the Local Authority's adult safeguarding team have received the referral, the various stages that follow and some of the potential outcomes of the enquiry process.

This course was last audited on: 30th March 2023
  • Developed by safeguarding professionals
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Skills for Care endorsed training provider
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what safeguarding means and the responsibilities you have for safeguarding adults at risk.
  • Understand why safeguarding adults training is important for everyone within your organisation.
  • Have an awareness of which factors increase the likelihood of an adult being at risk from harm.
  • Know about the different categories of abuse, plus the potential warning signs associated with each type.
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to a disclosure from an adult in need and know what to do next.
  • Have an awareness of the safeguarding process and know what happens after a referral is made.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider

Learn more about our Skills for Care endorsed training provider.

We're proud to be officially endorsed by Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in social care in England and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Skills for Care endorsement is a trusted quality mark only awarded to the best learning and development providers within the social care sector.

National Care Forum Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland Member

Our Commitment to Health and Social Care

High Speed Training has supported thousands of Health and Social Care workers in gaining accredited certificates to help them deliver safe and effective care. We best serve care providers by committing to being at the forefront of sector issues, policy and legislation, ensuring our training is up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful.

As part of our commitment to Health and Social Care, we have worked hard to build partnerships with authorities and leading bodies, including the National Care Forum (NCF) and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE).

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Course content

1Introduction to Adult Safeguarding

What is safeguarding, key principles of safeguarding, who is considered an adult at risk and safeguarding legislation.

2Understanding the Types of Abuse

The ten types of abuse, who carries out abuse, further safeguarding concerns and external support.

3Responding to Concerns and Disclosures

Safeguarding concerns and disclosures, how to respond, recording concerns and disclosures, the reporting process, barriers to speaking out and whistleblowing.

4Understanding What Happens Next

What happens to the referral, receiving a response, next steps, potential outcomes and the closure process.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anyone whose job role involves working with adults at risk.

Examples of people who should take this training include:

  • NHS staff, such as GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants.
  • Carers, both in a residential home or domestic setting.
  • Private healthcare workers.
  • Those working in education establishments, such as adult learning.

This course is suitable for workers of all levels, and no pre-requisite knowledge is required. We also provide an Advanced Safeguarding Adults (Level 2) course if you are looking for higher-level training.

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