Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)

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This programme will provide you with a basic overview of indicators of possible maltreatment and details of the procedure to follow if you have concerns about a vulnerable adult's welfare.

Learning outcomes

After completing this programme, you should be able to:

  • Identify the different types of vulnerable adult maltreatment (neglect, physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse)
  • Recognise potential signs of vulnerable adult abuse and neglect
  • Know where to find local policies and procedures in relation to protection of vulnerable adults and how to raise concerns
  • Recognise the importance of sharing information with the appropriate teams and list the potential consequences of failing to do so
  • Identify the steps to take when concerned that a vulnerable adult is being abused and the actions to take if you experience any barriers in raising concerns