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This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1  Safeguarding
  2. 2 What is abuse?
  3. 3 Dealing with Abuse
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A carer and patient talking

Adult safeguarding is about maintaining or improving a person’s wellbeing, promoting their independence and protecting them from abuse, harm and neglect. In this section, we look at who might be at risk, what the law says and at the principles, policies and procedures for safeguarding.

An image depicting abuse

Abuse can happen anywhere and can be carried out by anyone – including family, friends, neighbours, carers and volunteers. It can be a single act or repeated acts of abuse. In this section, we will be looking at the different types of abuse and various ways of recognising that they may be happening.

3 people you can report abuse to

When dealing with abuse, harm or neglect and reporting it, it's important to act quickly. You need to know what to do. In this final section, users will learn about responding to a  disclosure, recording, reporting, emergency situations and the importance of confidentiality. 

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. This course covers both levels 1 & 2. 

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

You can access our free worksheet that has been designed to accompany our online Safeguarding Adults (SOVA) Training course. In each section, there is a box for you to
tick when you have watched the relevant slide in our course. You can also take notes that will help you during your practical assessment at work.

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The importance of Safeguarding Adults (SOVA) Level 2 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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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 questions 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 Adults (SOVA) Level 2 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

2,148 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5
Easy to digest

Well presented. I like the way the Presenters alternated. Seemed to include all the important points and the testing was fair.

Succinct and containing key bits of info

Importance of reporting concerns . Also importance of respecting clients wishes but stillneeds to be reported as could affect other peoples safety as well as clients themselves


I appreciate the need to ensure we read everything fully, but please keep things simple. the use of double negatives means we can spend more time trying to unpick wording in a mulriple choice question than actually learning about safeguarding,

Well put together

The course was well put together.

Not suitable for everyone.

Not happy having to be force to use the course without controlling speed of videos. Takes me 3 times more to finish a course without speed control.Would not recommend it to anyone besides a first time trainee.GDPR issue. No option available to opt out of survey.Definitely would not recommend.

A lot I already knew.

AGAIN, some questions can have more than ONE answer and I Feel the person or persons WHO designed the Questions hadn’t a clue about Life Experiences.

The training captures what it needs to

The information provided with the course is excellent

very good

very good explanation and prese

Why is this training important?


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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