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Safeguarding Adults at Risk
Safeguarding Adults at Risk
Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Our Safeguarding Adults at Risk Course is for health and social care workers who are likely to encounter adults at risk of abuse in their role. This could be in patients' own homes, in a hospital setting, at a day care centre or in a residential care home, for example.

The course is designed to provide up-to-date safeguarding training, as it has been mapped to CQC Common Induction Standards and was updated following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, so complies with the latest safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactivity with colourful animations
  • CPD-accredited training
  • Can be completed in one to two hours
  • Instant digital certificate on completion
  • 24-hour learner support from the Virtual College team

Course overview

What is safeguarding? Ultimately, it's about ensuring the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable members of the community. They might be vulnerable due to age, mental capacity or simply because of their current circumstances.

The course is based around scenarios that social care workers might encounter, encouraging them to think about how they would respond in line with safeguarding procedures.

The course offers:

  • A chance to ensure you are trained adequately in the issues surrounding safeguarding adults at risk in just a few hours
  • You will explore commonly held attitudes towards adults at risk and how these impact on the service provided
  • Discover how values and attitudes can block recognition and affect the decisions professionals make regarding taking action
  • The training outlines signs, indicators, definitions and types of abuse, including unintentional harm
  • It also reflects safeguarding legislation, including guidance regarding issues of consent and duty of care
  • You will learn what to do if you have any concerns, what your responsibilities are, what happens next and the role and responsibility of managers

We have a separate Safeguarding and Leadership Course for those in a management position, which you can find out more about here.

Course lesson plan

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Overview
  • Relevant regulations
  • Definitions and useful terms
  • Roles and responsibilities


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to download a copy of your Virtual College certificate.

Course duration

The course should take around one to two hours to complete, but this depends on your individual learning speed. Virtual College courses are hosted via Enable, our Learning Management System (LMS), which allows you to learn at your own pace.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

Step 1: Find a course

You can buy one or more courses online for yourself or others and, whether you know what you’d like to study or would simply like to browse, finding a course is easy.

Here are some ways you can quickly find the information you need:

  • Search for a course using search box
  • Click "courses" on the top navigation. This page will show a complete list of courses, ordered by our best sellers and new releases
  • Browse courses by category, for example Safeguarding

Step 2: Buy the course

When you've found the course you want simply click on “Add to basket”. You can then continue shopping or check out and make a secure payment via the PayPal payment screen. This allows you to pay with most popular credit or debit cards or your PayPal account, and receive your receipt by email.

All our payments are dealt with by PayPal; one of the world’s most well-known payment providers – Great Britain’s no 1 preferred online and mobile payment method, so you can be sure that your payment will be safe and secure. Here at Virtual College we never even get to see your credit card details!

Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment six times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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