Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Level 2 CPD Course

Delivery Method: eLearning

Healthcare Professionals working with adults are required to complete a training course for the Safeguarding Adults at Risk (Vulnerable Adults), often referred to as POVA.

This course aims to provide workers with some of the basic knowledge and skills necessary to understand key issues related to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Vulnerable Adults.

This involves understanding key safeguarding definitions and types of abuse, basic legislation, professional responsibilities towards vulnerable adults; knowing how to react and prevent abuse; record keeping and working with other professionals to promote safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.

This course will cover Types of Abuse- Physical, Emotional , Sexual, Financial, Institutional, Abuse reporting and Prevention of Abuse, Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, the No Secrets Act, rules Neglectful and Discriminatory and we will look at some Case Studies followed by a short test.


  • Improve your career prospects.
  • Learn valuable knowledge, skills, advice and guidance to help you achieve success.
  • Study online from anywhere.
  • Study at your own pace.
  • Download and print your industry recognised certificate on successful completion.

Who can take the course?
Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements.

What is the structure of the course?
The course is broken down into bite-sized modules. You're free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each section, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.

Where / when can I study the course?
You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web-based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers and most tablet devices etc. so you can even study while on the move! As long as you have access to the internet, you should be able to study anywhere that's convenient.

Is there a test at the end of the course?
Once you have completed all the modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken at a time and location of your choosing.

What if I don't pass the test?
If you don’t pass the test first time then you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.

When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it.

How long does it take to complete the course?
We estimate that the entire program is likely to take around 2-4 hours to work through initially, but you may want to allow more time to repeat some areas. You should allow an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.


1. Legislation and official guidance references, including:
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (POVA) Scheme 2004
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
• No Secrets – The Protection of Vulnerable Adults 2000 & 2009 (official guidance published by the Department of Health and the Home Office)
• Care Standards Act 2000.
• The Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
• The Human Rights Act 1998
• The Equality Act 2010

2. Definition of the term ‘Vulnerable Adult’ and understanding of the context of safeguarding and protection from abuse
3. Different types of abuse, evidence and the key signs of abuse
4. Case studies and examples how to respond to suspected or alleged abuse
5. Different ways to minimise the risk of abuse
6. Reporting abuse if there is a suspicion that abuse has occurred (recognising and report unsafe practices).

The course consists of three sections. Each section is followed by a test.

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