What is Safeguarding Adults Training?

All citizens have the right to live free from violence, harassment, humiliation and degradation. And this will ensure independence, well-being, and choice is also key to this right.

This blog will discuss safeguarding adults' training, what it covers, and why is it essential.

What is safeguarding adults training?

Safeguarding training is a legal requirement for everyone in the UK who closely interacts with children and vulnerable adults. Adults with capacity also have the right to make decisions, even if perceived as unwise. They may make decisions that put their right to privacy, autonomy and family life ahead of their right to live and to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment.

There are safeguards for those who lack capacity, and sometimes complex work is needed to determine whether action should be taken in the public interest or where the concerned person is being coerced.

What are the aims and principles of safeguarding adults?

The statutory guidance describes safeguarding as protecting an adult’s right to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. The aims of adult safeguarding are:

  • To prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs.
  • To safeguard individuals in a way that supports them in making choices and controlling how they choose to live their lives.
  • To promote outcomes in safeguarding that works for people resulting in the best experience possible.
  • To raise public awareness so that professionals, other staff and communities play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.

What are the principles of safeguarding adults?

Six fundamental principles underpin all adult safeguarding work:

  • Empowerment - Personalisation and the presumption of person-led decisions and informed consent
  • Prevention - It is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Proportionality - Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk represented
  • Protection - Support and representation for those in greatest need
  • Partnership - Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  • Accountability - Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

Is safeguarding adults training a legal requirement?

All healthcare organisations have a duty outlined in legislation to make arrangements to safeguard adults who may be at risk from harm, abuse or neglect. These are the current legal or relevant expert guidance regarding safeguarding children training:

  • Key Legislation
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Modern Slavery Act (2015)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Serious Crime Act (2015)
  • Care Act 2014
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Key Guidance
  • Royal College of Nursing (2018), Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff
  • Bournemouth University (2015) National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults, A Comprehensive Guide
  • Care Quality Commission, Safeguarding People
  • Department for Constitutional Affairs (2007), Mental Capacity Act 2005: Code of Practice
  • Department of Health (2015) Guidance: Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM
  • Department of Health (2017), Care and Support Statutory Guidance
  • Department of Health (2011*), Safeguarding Adults: The role of health service managers and their boards
  • GOV.UK (2018) Guidance: Domestic violence and abuse
  • Lampard K and Marsden E (2015), Themes and lessons learnt from NHS investigations into matters relating to Jimmy Savile
  • NHS England (2015), Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS – Accountability and Assurance Framework, Safeguarding Policy, Managing Safeguarding Allegations Against Staff Policy and Procedure.

Who needs safeguarding adults training?

Local authorities, police, the health board, regulators and other public services work together and are committed to ensuring that vulnerable adults are protected from abuse and neglect and will take immediate action where necessary to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm.

Safeguarding adults training is divided into three levels:

  • Level 1 - All staff working in health care settings
  • Level 2 - All practitioners have regular contact with patients, their families, carers, or the public.
  • Level 3 - Registered health care staff who engage in assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of adults where there are safeguarding concerns (as appropriate to the role).

Healthcare staff undertaking specialist safeguarding roles and responsibilities, including professionals, designated professionals, experts and board members, may need other training and opportunities to promote the acquisition of skills to ensure they can develop the desired level of competence for their role and thus contribute to effective safeguarding.

Where can I find online training courses for safeguarding adults?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited safeguarding adults online training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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