Safeguarding Adults for Social Workers


This half day on line learning programme aims to help participants to consider the core elements supporting decision making in safeguarding adults work. It will examine the issues of risk, capacity and choice where self determination potentially collides with situations which may be a source of harm. It will consider this in light of Making Safeguarding Personal and the role of the worker in supporting positive outcomes for people at risk of harm

How Long is the Course?

Half a day

Who is the Course Aimed at?

Social Workers


This session will be delivered online using a range of teaching methods within the parameters of this style of delivery. This will mean that the session is taught via presentation and breakout group sessions to examine issues. It will encourage feedback and questioning and will be punctuated throughout with case examples and practice dilemmas. The session will explore:

  • The section 42 duty under the Care Act: The principles as identified in Chapter 14 of the Care Act guidance; the three point test and the issues arising from this.
  • Screening in? or Screening Out? Assessing the risk of harm. Professional curiosity in a relationship of Responsibility, Agency and Concern; Autonomy and Accountability
  • Capacity and Consent. Examination of issues of decisional capacity and latent capability. Does anyone really consent to their own self neglect? The considerations for the curious practitioner when assessing (proportionately), the level of risk and the outcomes desired by anyone at risk of harm
  • Fact? Checked fact. Rigour in evaluating information from 2nd or 3rd hand accounts
  • Using supervision and line management support to consider decision making
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will have had the opportunity to reflect on their role in the safeguarding process and the need to ensure that Making Safeguarding Personal reflects the wishes and feelings of people at risk of harm. They will have been able to reflect on the healthy scepticism needed in professional safeguarding practice in order to begins robustly evaluating whether people are safe enough


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