Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training Course (Level 1)

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training Course
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We all have a responsibility to look out for one another and particularly for those people who may not be able to look out for themselves.

Vulnerable adults exist in all areas of society and it’s important that we, as professionals, understand what we can do to promote their welfare and safeguard them from potential harm. This Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults course aims to help increase your knowledge of the subject so that you feel confident in recognising abuse, reporting your concerns and promoting a good quality of life for all the vulnerable adults you work with.

  • Developed by a qualified Safeguarding professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who Should Take This Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Course?

This Level 1 course is suitable for anyone whose job role involves working with vulnerable adults, whether it’s on a full-time or part-time basis. The course is suitable for workers at all levels, including managers, supervisors, full-time staff and volunteers, and requires no pre-requisite knowledge.

Examples of people who may wish to take this training include:

  • Dental professionals.
  • NHS staff.
  • Care home workers.
  • Private healthcare workers.
  • Education establishments (e.g. adult learning).

If you are looking for higher level training, we also provide the Advanced Safeguarding Adults course.


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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.

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

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.

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The course is divided into six accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction – defining safeguarding, key principles, dignity, who is a vulnerable adult, Steven Hoskin and why training is important.
  • Understanding Why Vulnerable Adults Are at Risk – what is abuse, who adults are abused by, consent, factors that increase risk and mental capacity.
  • Types of Abuse – categories of abuse: physical, emotional/psychological, sexual, neglect and acts of omission, financial, discriminatory and institutional.
  • Responding to a Disclosure – 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 and whistleblowing.
  • Reporting Your Concerns – your responsibilities, why some people don’t take action, who to report to, what to do if the report isn’t taken seriously, what to do if the concerns are about a professional, when to report a concern, what needs reporting, checking existing records, what happens next and recording information.
  • What Happens After a Referral – 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 and further reading.
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Aims of the Course

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.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 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.

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