Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1 Course

Early identification and intervention are crucial to ensure the protection and well-being of vulnerable adults. Our Adults at Risk Level 1 course provides an introduction in identifying and responding to concerns about adults at risk (vulnerable adults).

You will gain an understanding of who could be a vulnerable adult and the national and local context of safeguarding adults at risk. You will increase your awareness of the categories of adult abuse and typical signs and indicators You will also gain an understand how to respond to adults that you have concerns about and who to tell in your organisation and how you should record those concerns. 

What will you Learn on a Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1 Course

  • Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards adults at risk
  • Identify what is meant by safeguarding and adult abuse
  • Name the categories of adult abuse
  • Recognise the signs and indicators of possible abuse and behaviour changes (including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Bullying and Harassment, Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse and the Prevent Agenda)
  • Identify the barriers to reporting concerns (from both victim and professional perspective)
  • Understand how to respond to allegations of adult abuse.
  • Understand how to refer and report concerns or allegations of adult abuse ( including emergency responses)
  • Awareness of information sharing and multi-agency working- Data Protection Act 2018

What else will you learn on a Safeguarding Adults Level 1

Some of the other modules you can expect to encounter during your level one training include:

  • The importance of safeguarding within the organisation
  • How to respond and report concerns.
  • How to maintain confidentiality
  • How to record your concerns.
  • What to do in the event of a safeguarding incident.
  • Understand your Organisational Safeguarding procedures and how to comply with them.
  • Upon successfully completing the course, you will have gained a deeper understanding about adult abuse as well as developing your own skills to be able to recognise and deal with adult abuse concerns of those with those you have contact with and others within your organisation.

How often do I need to refresh my Level 1 Safeguarding Training?

Individual Organisational Regulations will make their own recommendations; however, best practice would suggest the following time frames for safeguarding training and updating:

  • Level 1/Refresher – Annually

Safeguarding certificates are awarded after training and will count towards your CPD hours. There is no expiry on the certificate, but it’s recommended to refresh your training annually.

What jobs require level one training?

If you have contact ( in-person or virtual ) with children or vulnerable adults in your day-to-day work then you will require Safeguarding Training.


Some of the job roles that require level-one training include:

While these are relatively general roles, where you work will determine whether you need Level 1 training. For example, maintenance staff in a warehouse may not require this training, whereas those working in schools and healthcare settings will.

How do I know which safeguarding training course level I need?

This is one of our most common questions we get asked. It may not be immediately apparent if you’re working within a small organisation or implementing safeguarding best practices for the first time.

We would firstly recommend consulting with your employer. You should also double-check the requirements of your workplace. Although virtual and blended learning is acceptable for certification, your workplace may mandate in-person training.

The Athena Programme can help you to understand what level of training you may need and what individual courses may also suit you, speak to a friendly member of our team.

What is the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 Safeguarding Adults at Risk

The difference between Level 1 and Level safeguarding Adults at Risk training is the depth of learning.  Level 1 will cover the basics and everyday duties of how to report a concern and who the appropriate person is to report to. Level 2 Safeguarding Training offers support to those with responsibilities higher than Level 1 e.g., managers.

Learners of Level 2 will gain insight and understanding into key safeguarding legislation and how to apply knowledge to solve practical adult abuse situations and to understand the internal and external reporting and referral pathways. Learners will understand roles and responsibilities of others under Safeguarding Adults at Risk Procedures (Care Act 2014) and the concepts of ‘Duty to Promote Wellbeing and safeguard Adults at Risk.  Learner will also be updated with the Adult abuse Enquiry  process (Sec 42 ). In this Level 2 course learners will understand the emotional aspect of making a decision for another who lacks capacity and demonstrating an awareness of the main principles of the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

at Risk Level 2 Course

To see all learning outcomes please see our Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 2 Course

How to book on a Level 1 Course?

If you are looking to raise your awareness or safeguarding and increase your understanding, get in touch with a friendly member of team for more information.

Not sure which course is right for your organisation we are here to help.

Why take your Training with The Athena Programme?

At The Athena Programme we provide training and consultancy to keep children and young people from abuse and neglect. As experts in safeguarding, we understand the issues and challenges organisations face. That’s why many organisations trust us to support them in training and the resources they need to help protect children and young people they work with. We work with many organisations in different sectors. Have a look at what some of our customers say about our safeguarding in our Case Studies.

Our highly valued training courses and consultancy services are developed by experts. We provide bespoke training courses tailored to your needs, providing up-to-date, clear and concise training with the latest statutory guidance. Our trainers are Caring, Creative, Compassionate and Passionate about training organisations to the highest standard.

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