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Safeguarding adults training: protecting vulnerable individuals

Safeguarding adults is critical to ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals within our communities. As an essential component of care provision, safeguarding training equips professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, prevent, and respond to instances of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In this blog, Rose delves into the importance of safeguarding adults training, exploring key definitions, relevant legislation, and best practices to foster a culture of safety and protection.

Key facts and statistics

  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 15.7% of adults aged 60 and over experience some form of abuse or mistreatment worldwide.
  • In the UK, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) received over 200,000 safeguarding concerns regarding adults at risk in the past year alone.
  • Research by Action on Elder Abuse suggests that only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported to authorities, highlighting the prevalence of underreporting.

Key definitions and scope of training

  • Safeguarding - Safeguarding refers to the actions taken to protect vulnerable individuals from harm, abuse, or exploitation. 
  • Adults at risk - This term encompasses individuals aged 18 and over who are unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation due to age, illness, disability, or other factors.

Relevant legislation and regulations

  • The Care Act 2014 (England) outlines the legal framework for safeguarding adults at risk, emphasising the duty of care placed upon local authorities to investigate and respond to safeguarding concerns.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides guidance on decision-making for individuals who may lack the capacity to make their own choices, ensuring their best interests are upheld. 
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 protects individuals' fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to be free from abuse and neglect.

Best practice

  • Implementing robust safeguarding policies and procedures within organisations, including clear reporting mechanisms for safeguarding concerns.
  • Providing comprehensive training to staff members on recognising signs of abuse, responding appropriately, and adhering to legal obligations. 
  • Promoting a culture of openness and transparency, where individuals feel empowered to report concerns without fear of reprisal.

Recognising signs of abuse

  • Physical indicators such as unexplained injuries, bruising, or weight loss.
  • Psychological signs such as withdrawal, depression, or changes in behaviour. 
  • Financial exploitation, including unauthorised withdrawals or changes to financial arrangements.

Responding to safeguarding concerns

  • Follow established reporting procedures, escalating concerns to designated safeguarding leads or local authorities.
  • Provide support and assistance to individuals affected by abuse, ensuring their safety and well-being are prioritised. 
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to conduct thorough investigations and implement protective measures.


  • Regularly review and update safeguarding policies and procedures to reflect legislation and best practices changes.
  • Ensure all staff receive ongoing training and development in safeguarding principles and procedures.
  • Foster partnerships with external agencies and stakeholders to promote a coordinated approach to safeguarding within the community.


Safeguarding adult training plays a pivotal role in protecting vulnerable individuals and upholding their rights to dignity, respect, and safety. By raising awareness, providing education, and promoting best practices, we can create safer environments where at-risk adults can thrive free from harm and exploitation.

Empower your organisation with comprehensive safeguarding adults training from The Mandatory Training Group. Click here to explore our health and social care courses and training modules on ComplyPlus LMS™, designed to equip your team with the knowledge and skills needed to safeguard vulnerable individuals effectively.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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