Intended for healthcare professionals
CPD modules

Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse

  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Duration: 02 hrs
  • Level: Qualified nurses, Students
  • Last updated: 2023

Recognising and responding to abuse can be challenging, particularly as abuse can sometimes be subtle and difficult to recognise. In this module, we will describe the categories of abuse and identify the indicators that might lead you to suspect an adult receiving care is experiencing abuse. All staff working in healthcare settings have a responsibility towards recognising and responding to safeguarding concerns. This module clarifies the role and responsibilities all healthcare practitioners and care staff have when responding to and reporting adult safeguarding concerns.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

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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