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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Anyone working with vulnerable adults needs to have an understanding of self-neglect and the complex issues that can impact a persons ability to make decisions.

This training will look at how to balance addressing the issue of self-neglect with an individual’s right to private life and health and how to make safe decisions.

Self-neglect is a problem in itself and can often be a symptom of other underlying problems. This course will enable you to identify it and react appropriately.

Self-neglect is difficult to detect due to its multi-dimensional character; it is a complex combination of physical, mental, psychological, social and environmental causes. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of self-neglect is crucial for anyone who works with vulnerable adults.

The topics covered in this course include:

  • The possible causes of self-neglect, whether deliberate or unintentional
  • The connection between mental health and self-neglect
  • Signs of self-neglect
  • How to react upon recognising signs of self-neglect

This courses uses case studies and interactive scenarios and challenges to help test the learners knowledge and ability.

You will learn

  • The definition of self-neglect
  • How to identify different signs and symptoms of self-neglect
  • The connections between self-neglect and mental health
  • How to balance your duty of care with an individual’s right to private life
  • How to make safe decisions for you and the individual

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Social workers
  • Carers
  • Nurses
  • Councillors

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  • 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 which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.