Safeguarding and Adult Protection (SW4702) Short Course

Safeguarding and Adult Protection (SW4702) Short Course

The Care Act (2014) requires a different engagement with adult safeguarding. Students undertaking this module will benefit from an opportunity to explore the changing nature of practice as a result of the law, alongside strengthening their understanding and ability to adopt a person centred approach in safeguarding situations.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Five direct teaching days plus self-directed time required to complete assessment.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

April (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at individuals working with adults in social work or social care.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:

The module leader, Ali Gardner, has trained over 300 social workers and allied professionals in this area since the implementation of The Care Act (2014) and can share her expertise and experience from providers across the region.

The module focuses on the new legislative duties guiding practice as a result of the Care Act (2014) and supports students to develop legal and ethical literacy in the application of the new law.

This module focuses on safeguarding and promoting the rights and welfare of vulnerable adults and the new legislative duties guiding practice in these areas as a result of the Care Act (2014). The module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and advance their knowledge of practice, legislation and policy in safeguarding adults. The module will examine the complex social and ethical processes involved in the construction of vulnerability and risk.

The module covers topics including:

  • Understanding legal and ethical literacy
  • Professional decision making in multi-agency settings
  • Learning from serious case reviews and research
  • Developing and enhancing knowledge and direct skills in safeguarding adults

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

UCLan Preston Campus

4,000 word assignment to be completed four weeks after the completion of teaching. Students will be notified of the assessment deadline prior to enrolment.

Academic Expertise

Ali Gardner, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically discuss ‘risk’ and protection in relation to the legislative and policy contexts of safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Critically evaluate and apply research based knowledge and practice strategies to support critical and informed practice and understanding
  • Critically examine effective partnership working and service user and carer perspectives in relation to adult safeguarding
  • Critically reflect and evaluate the application of safeguarding strategies in their workplace.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice or  Specialist Practice with Adults Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees: £650 per 20 credit module for 2016/17 and 2017/18


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361