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Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse

Author: Anita Duffy

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2023 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

The aims of this module are to explain the principles of safeguarding adults who do not have the ability or mental capacity to protect themselves from harm or abuse, and to describe the procedures healthcare staff need to adhere to if or when a safeguarding concern comes to light.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Define abuse and understand the principles of safeguarding adults at risk of abuse
  • Identify the various types of abuse and the indicators for each type
  • Understand the role of healthcare practitioners and other care staff when a safeguarding concern arises
  • Respond appropriately if a safeguarding concern is disclosed


  • Introduction
  • Fundamental safeguarding concepts
  • Reporting safeguarding concerns
  • Managing allegations
  • Conclusion


Anita Duffy
Nurse tutor, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, and adjunct assistant professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland.


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  • Introduction
  • Fundamental safeguarding concepts
  • Reporting safeguarding concerns
  • Managing allegations
  • Conclusion

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