Report 41: Prevention in adult safeguarding

Training and education

'These approaches are effective in enabling people to learn new skills and gain confidence, but it is hard to demonstrate that the skills gained will generalise to real-life situations.'


Some of the most common prevention interventions discussed in the literature are training and education, for both adult at risk and staff within services.

Small group training approaches can raise awareness of abuse in adults at risk and enable them to build skills to protect themselves from abuse. Approaches may need to be different with different groups.

Training of adults at risk needs to be backed up by training and education of staff to ensure a receptive environment to the newly skilled adult. It should include awareness raising about abuse and safeguarding adults policies and procedures as well as communication skills in order to promote prevention.


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