Safeguarding has become an all-important part of dealing with any person who may be treated as being vulnerable, particularly the elderly and disabled. This course is 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.

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.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Training Course Contents

1. What is safeguarding and who needs it?

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.

2. What is abuse?

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

3. Dealing with Abuse

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.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)

Duration: 35 Minutes

Get in touch on 01206 363710 or info@helmsmanservices.co.uk to request a free trial.

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