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Safeguarding in Social Care

Course Information

  • Course Code: CHEL056
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Price: £40.00
  • Times: 09:00-17:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

Start Dates

  • Sunday, 01 August 2021

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Anyone working in a social care environment needs to understand their own responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding in their work setting.

This course introduces learners to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults in the social care environment.


What will I study?

This course introduces safeguarding as a topic, covering jargon, legislation, multi-agency working and best practice, as well as how to identify the signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse and what you should do if you suspect a vulnerable individual is being abused or if they disclose abuse. The core content also covers national and local context, whistleblowing, record-keeping and reporting, and focuses on your role and what you can do to recognise and reduce the likelihood of abuse. The course also covers the following topics, which are specific to safeguarding in a social care setting:

  • What dignity in care means for adults and children, and how to promote it 
  • Dignity, human rights and equality
  • Understanding mental capacity and the principles and code of practice of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Assessing mental capacity and making best interest decisions
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Information sharing, confidentiality and consent
  • Person-centred care, personhood and individuality
  • Person-centred care – thinking and planning, positive risk-taking and active participation
  • How to use effective supervision in practice
  • Pressure care
  • Causes, symptoms and impacts of the different types of dementia
  • Early diagnosis and living well with dementia
  • Supporting someone with dementia
  • Risk factors for domestic abuse
  • The Power and Control Wheel and the impact of domestic abuse on children and vulnerable adults
  • Key principles for helping victims of domestic abuse and the MARAC process

The course also includes challenges for learners to check their understanding as the course proceeds, plus interactive infographics and scenarios to illustrate the points being made.


You will learn

  • Explain the importance of multi-agency cooperation
  • Define safeguarding in respect to adults and in respect to children and young people
  • Describe what you need to do if a vulnerable adult or child makes a disclosure or if you suspect abuse
  • List the signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse and list the ways in which you can reduce the risk of abuse
  • Explain what is meant by dignity and outline how to promote an individual’s dignity
  • Explain what confidentiality and consent are
  • Outline person-centred values and how these can be followed in practice
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of dementia in all its types and outline the impact of dementia
  • Outline why it is important to assess mental capacity and understand how to carry out an assessment
  • Describe the impact and effects of domestic abuse and outline the behaviours displayed by an abusive person
  • Describe best practices for supporting those experiencing domestic abuse
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this module.


Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Probation Worker
  • Care Worker
  • Councillor


Legislation covered in this course includes:

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Care Act 2014
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 (to be replaced with Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019)
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
  • Equality Act 2010
  • The Children and Families Act 2014




How will I be assessed?

With approximately 40 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1 and half hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.

What can I do next?

We offer a wide range of health and social care courses, click here for further information. 

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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