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Safeguarding adults training courses and competency framework

Latest update - 2 June 2017: Level 1 training course packs added.

Safeguarding adults training

Taking responsibility for learning and development is key to having a skilled and competent workforce able to take on the roles and responsibilities required to protect adults at risk and ensure we respond appropriately when adult abuse or neglect does occur.

The programme of training courses is designed to give people working (paid or voluntary) in Surrey the training opportunities that will increase their knowledge and understanding of safeguarding adults. All of this training is multi-agency (with the exception of the e-learning packages). Training with people from other agencies and organisations promotes a mutual understanding of each others roles and responsibilities and facilitates the joint effort required to reduce and respond to adult abuse across Surrey.

There is further information in the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board Framework on best practice for staff training that is available from the section headed Files available to download.

Competency framework

In February 2017, Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board published the revised Multi Agency Competency Framework. The framework is a guide in developing and meeting each organisations individual responsibility for ensuring a competent workforce. It has been designed to be a working document that is simple to use in all organisations and can be used to evidence the right levels of training for all staff. Please see the Competency Framework and associated guidance.

Training Programme 2017 - 2018

The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) training programme 2017 - 2018 is currently being developed. This will involve a substantially revised programme. There will be a wide variety of courses available around Section 42 safeguarding enquiries, safeguarding responsibilities and specific types of abuse. There will be a new online booking and payments system. These courses will be organised directly by the Board. For Level 1 training, we recognise releasing staff (paid or volunteers) from their job is challenging, particularly for smaller organisations, therefore we have produced an e-learning for Level 1 training.

We expect the programme to be in place soon. If you wish to contact the Board support team about the courses please email: surreysafeguarding.adultsboard@surreycc.gov.uk.

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Level 1 training

We have the SSAB training packages available and we are establishing an appropriate e-learning portal for them.

There are 2 courses available:

Introduction to Safeguarding Adults - This course is a brief overview of adult safeguarding. It is designed for staff and volunteers, who may come into contact with adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect but who do not have a direct responsibility for delivering services to those adults at risk. Examples of the roles where this training may be sufficient are faith groups, voluntary groups, sports clubs, trades people (except where these roles involve working specifically with adults who are at risk). Groups should aim to also have at least 1 person who has completed the Level 1 course. If you do deliver services, please see the more detailed Level 1 safeguarding adults course.

Safeguarding Adults Awareness training (Level 1) - This course is designed for staff and volunteers who deliver services or have direct responsibility for adults at risk of abuse and neglect. It fulfils the training requirement set out in Level 1 of the SSAB Competency Framework. When the e-learning portal is ready, you will be able to complete the course, take a quiz to test your knowledge and receive accreditation of completion of the course. In the meantime, we have made the training packages as documents to be downloaded. If you do need accreditation, please get in touch with our team using the above email.

Course availability

Training Level Course title Dates course is available
Not applicable Introduction to safeguarding adults

E-learning pack available to download. Please note this is a basic introduction and does not fulfil all the requirements of Level 1 in the Competency Framework.

Level 1 Safeguarding Adults Awareness training

E-learning pack available to download. There is no need to complete the 'Introduction to safeguarding adults' because all the information and more is in this Level 1 pack.

   New dates are currently being arranged for other courses

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Other training opportunities

Prevent training

SSAB encourages professionals who may come into contact with vulnerable adults at risk of being radicalised, to access the Home Office training on Prevent.

Domestic Abuse training

There is a training programme available in Surrey for professionals requiring training on domestic abuse.

Female Genital Mutilation

The Home Office have made free Female Genital Mutilation e-learning and a resource pack available.

Financial abuse

Information and resources are available from the National Trading Standards team on their Friends Against Scams page.

Modern Slavery

An e-learning course on Modern Slavery is available from NHS Health Education England. Please see Identifying and Supporting Victims of Modern Slavery.

Safeguarding children

The Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board has an extensive range of safeguarding children training available.

E-learning courses are available below

Files available to download

  • SSAB Introduction to safeguarding adults (322.9 KB)
    This course is a brief overview. It designed for staff and volunteers who may come into contact with adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect but who do not have a direct responsibility for delivering services to those adults at risk
  • SSAB Safeguarding Adults Awareness Level 1 training (851.2 KB)
    This course is designed for staff and volunteers who deliver services or have direct responsibility for adults at risk of abuse and neglect. It fulfils the training requirement to meet Level 1 of the SSAB Competency Framework.

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