Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults is a course for anyone who works with, helps, or supports adults at risk. It covers the signs of abuse and explains what to do if you suspect something is happening to a vulnerable adult. It's all about sensitive handling and timely intervention.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Learn about what groups of adults might be at risk
  • Understand and work towards compliance with The Care Act 2014 and other legislations
  • Learn about the different types of abuse that adults might experience and how to effectively deal with it should it occur

Covered in this course

COURSE CONTENTS

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 What is safeguarding and who needs it?
  2. 2 What is abuse? The forms of abuse
  3. 3 Dealing with Abuse
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A man safeguarding a vulnerable adult from abuse as part of our safeguarding vulnerable adults training programme
SECTION 1

Safeguarding is about improving a person's welfare and keeping them safe from harm. In this section we ask WHO is at risk?

We look at the legal framework, the principles of Safeguarding and The Mental Capacity Act. We also look at what should be included in a safeguarding policy.

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SECTION 2

This section looks at what constitutes abuse. It looks at the tell-tale signs that abuse might be happening, so you know what to look out for.

Abuse in vulnerable adults can be in the form of: 

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect
  • financial abuse
  • discriminatory abuse
  • institutional abuse
Image showing the steps to follow when dealing with abuse on behalf of a vulnerable adult
SECTION 3

Dealing with abuse and reporting abuse can be upsetting and should be handled sensitively. It's important to ACT and it's crucial to act QUICKLY.

In this section we give step by step guidance explaining what to do if you think abuse might be taking place or if someone makes a disclosure to you. We look at raising an alert, making a referral and what should be included in a written report.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Safeguarding Of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) is a training programme about protecting vulnerable adults and keeping them safe from harm. It's about recognising the signs of abuse and knowing what to do.

Safeguarding is not something that is done in seclusion, and this training highlights the importance of all the relevant services working together in a 'partnership of care'. It also highlights the importance of the individual - a 'person-centred' approach.

This training explains the seven major forms of abuse and gives step-by-step guidance to deal with abuse; including raising an alert, making a referral and what to include in a written report. It's essential to act quickly if you think abuse may be happening - the quicker it's spotted, the quicker something can be done about it. 

Working with children? You may also be interested in our Safeguarding Children Training

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Keith Wickham, a presenter of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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SOVA Training certificate

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training Certificate

299 real user reviews

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A very informative course

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A good introductory course to those who are new to safeguarding

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This training is well designed and presented. It is easy to follow and complete in one go, or in bite size chunks when you only have a few minutes here and there. I was impressed by the purposeful looking presenter and their tone of voice, which conveyed the serious nature of the training. The graphics were satisfactory, but on some occasions got in the way of each other when displaying lists making it more difficult to follow what they comprised of.

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The course was very professionally presented and the content was very clear and precise.

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This kind of training should be obligated in every country for everybody who takes care for other people, children or adults!!!

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informative and raised awareness

Why is this training important?

COMPLIANCE

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

When it comes to the law regarding Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, there are a number of documents that set out legal obligations:

The Care Act 2014 means that local councils have to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board in their area. This must include the local council, the NHS and the Police as well as other local services. They must work together to make policies and plans to protect adults at risk in their area.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012: This Act establishes and makes various provisions, including:

[the need] to make provision about regulating health and adult social care services; [as well as a] scrutiny of health matters by local authorities and co-operation between local authorities and commissioners of health care services

The Health and Social Care Act 2012, Chapter 7

The Mental Capacity Act 2005: The primary purpose of this Act is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The Equality Act 2010: This Act ensures equal treatment of everyone regardless of their protected characteristics, which include age and disability.

The Human Rights Act 1998: This Act contains a list of 16 rights which all people in the UK have. It places a legal duty on public authorities to respect and protect our human rights in everything they do.

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