Safeguarding in Healthcare

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 5-6 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 3 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

This wide-ranging course includes safeguarding knowledge for anyone working in a healthcare environment working with both children and adults. 

Throughout this training learners will cover a wide range of topics including, multi-agency working, best practice, consent and confidentiality, and recruitment, which will help learners apply their knowledge to all areas of their workplace. 

Anyone working in healthcare needs to maintain a wide knowledge of safeguarding concepts and best practices, to ensure anyone they encounter during their work is protected from abuse or neglect.

The aim of this training course is to provide learners with practical and applicable knowledge to help them in their working lives. This includes such areas as, confidentiality and consent, a wide range of information and guidance to help professionals working with vulnerable children and adults. It includes the following topics in more detail:

  • The definition of both children and adults at risk
  • The definition of confidentiality and how to achieve it, maintain it, and protect an individual’s information
  • The safe practices included in safer recruitment, including pre-employment checks
  • Applicable legislation for consent and confidentiality such as GDPR 2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • The definition of consent, when you need to ask for it, and how to establish mental capacity to give consent
  • Reporting your concerns – who to and how
  • Recording consent; when to share information without consent if necessary
  • Overview of safeguarding for children and adults
  • The importance of safeguarding
  • Multi-agency working
  • Types of abuse, recognising abuse, how to deal with suspected/disclosed abuse
  • Jargon and key terms
  • How to create and use risk and harm assessments

The course also contains challenges, case studies, and immersive real-world scenarios to help professionals apply their knowledge and skills in everyday working.

You will learn

  • Outline what is meant by safer recruitment
  • Know the six NHS employment check standards and their processes
  • Define confidentiality and consent
  • Know when you need to ask for consent from individuals you support and what is needed for consent to be valid, and outline when information can be shared without an individual’s consent
  • Know how consent is gained when an individual lacks mental capacity
  • Identify why some adults, children and young people are ‘at risk’ of abuse
  • Outline how person-centred care promotes dignity, empowers and protects individuals

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Nurses
  • Receptionists
  • Admin
  • Doctors
  • General Practitioners
  • Mental Health Nurses


Legislation covered in this course includes:

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Access to Health Records Act 1990
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • GDPR 2016
  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

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    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.