e-Learning: Adult safeguarding resource
Published: 2013 / 2016
Adult safeguarding is about looking out for the people around us and protecting them from harm. Anyone can find themselves in a difficult situation where there is a possibility that they might be harmed, but when the situation involves someone who needs extra support – known as 'an adult with safeguarding needs’ – the situation becomes critical.
The resource explores the following questions:
- What is 'adult safeguarding’ and how does it affect each and every one of us?
- How do I recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse?
- What can I do if I suspect that someone is being harmed?
- What should I do if I believe someone is being harmed but the person asks me to keep the information confidential and take no action?
- What can I do to make it much less likely that a person might be harmed?
- How do I ensure that adult safeguarding is managed correctly in the context of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Please note that previous government guidance – and earlier versions of this resource – made reference to ‘vulnerable adults’ and ‘adults at risk’. The former was replaced with the latter as it erroneously implied fault. The term ‘adult at risk’ has generally been replaced with ‘adult with safeguarding needs’ in this 2015 update, in line with the terminology used in Care and Support Statutory Guidance October 2014.
All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of these resources, and import of the resources into learning management systems for educational purposes, is freely permitted, but commercial use of this learning resource is not authorised unless permission is first obtained from SCIE.
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Adult safeguarding resource 2013
A key theme of this resource is that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is also something that requires extremely sensitive handling. With this in mind, dramatised video scenarios have been used to show how safeguarding issues can develop, and to suggest ways of dealing with them that protect people at the same time as preserving their right to make choices about their lives.
Overview of course content in the 'Study area’Open
- Module 0 – Introduction to the course
- Module 1 – What is safeguarding?
- Module 2 – Who is an adult at risk?
- Module 3 – What is abuse?
- Module 4 – What are my responsibilities with regard to safeguarding?
- Module 5 – What can we do to prevent abuse of adults at risk?
Safeguarding adults training for professionalsOpen
This resource also provides essential foundation knowledge for SCIE’s classroom-based training on safeguarding and multi-agency procedures. If you are studying this online resource before taking SCIE’s training, studying it as part of an academic programme or as part of your professional development, you will find course content in the 'Study area’ that has been created with reference to the University of Bournemouth and Learn to Care’s competencies on adult safeguarding.
Who is this resource for?Open
The resource is for everyone. If you are a personal assistant, a care worker, social worker or manager, you will learn more about dealing with the often complex issues surrounding suspected abuse. If you are a member of the public, you will find out what professionals do when abuse is suspected, and what you can do to ensure that you and the people around you, are protected from harm.
If you are thinking of taking SCIE’s classroom training on multi-agency procedures for safeguarding adults, use the resource to update your knowledge before you attend the classroom course.
About the authorOpen
This resource has been created with the advice, source content, and subject expertise of Daphne McKenna.
Daphne is an experienced social worker who specialises in safeguarding children and adults. She works as a practitioner in a local authority setting and undertakes independent consultancy work in the area of service improvement and practice standards. Daphne's role in improving practice involves working with a wide range of professionals to enhance the safety of systems and procedures, including electronic recording systems. She is committed to disseminating best practice and has a particular interest in direct work with family groups. Email: email@example.com
SCIE would like to thank the individuals who have contributed their knowledge, time and resources to creating this resource:
- John Emery – Safeguarding Adults Manager (local authority)
- Detective Constable Maria Gray – Safeguarding Adults Portfolio, Capability and Business Support, Metropolitan Police Service
- Mala Karasu – Safeguarding Adults Lead (acute hospital)
- Jo Carmody – Service Manager, Adult Safeguarding
- Jan Wallcraft – Consultant and researcher on involvement of people who use services
- Mary Wynne – Safeguarding Adults Lead Coordinator (local authority)
- Lyndsay Hopper – Marketing Manager, AvantePartnership
- Ann Nutt – Vice Chair, Shaping Our Lives, SCIE Co-production Network
Scriptwriting and developmentOpen
Hugh Constant – Practice Development Manager, SCIE
Janet Bellchambers, Script City – Product/script development and project management
Atticmedia – Design, scripts and technical development/production
SCORM compliant versionOpen
If you are a member of staff from a Higher Education institution who would like to download the resource for use in a virtual learning environment (VLE), such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle, you need to download the SCORM compliant version.
Please note that the resource does not track progress across the learning content, although videos in the 'Life stories’ area will appear with a tick when a video has been viewed. The course in the 'Study area’ has an associated quiz ('Quiz’ tab) and this produces a score that can be recorded.
This e-Learning resource has been designed to be usable and accessible to the widest audience possible. This page lists some of the features that make the resource easier to use. If you are experiencing problems using the resource, or have any questions and comments about accessibility, please let us know.
Using the resource without a mouse
All materials have been designed to be accessible using the keyboard. Use the tab key to access navigational elements such as buttons and links. When the scroll-bar appears it is navigable using the up and down arrow keys.
Changing the appearance of the resource
You can make the text larger by using the 'Resize text’ buttons in the top right of the screen. You can also use your browser to change the font or colour of the text to suit your personal preferences. For help on how to do this, visit the BBC's My web my way website.
Accessing the resource with a screen reader
This resource has been designed to be compatible with screen readers.
Images and videoOpen
The video scenarios have been produced using actors. This approach has been adopted to protect the identities of individuals whose accounts have been drawn upon to create the scenarios. The professional reflections are provided by experts (i.e. real people) whose professional responsibilities involve ensuring the safeguarding of adults at risk.