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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


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

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

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

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

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Masters in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Social Pedagogy Leadership

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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

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