Safeguarding Adults: The Role of the Investigator

Key Information:  
Dates: Please contact us
Venue: North London Business Park or purchasing organisation's own venue
Duration: Full day

Target Audience

This course is ideal for you if you are working as a manager or senior worker and have responsibilities for conducting safeguarding investigations.

This course links to the National Competencies framework for Safeguarding Adults: 6-12


This course aims to give you the skills to conduct a competent and thorough investigation into an adult safeguarding concern and to know how and when to involve appropriate professionals such as the police or an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will know the reasons for investigations, and the factors to consider before, during and after investigations, for example how to ensure the individual is safe.  You will know about the types and use of evidence; including interviewing techniques, and how to ensure evidence is not contaminated.

You will develop your knowledge of the different strategies for managing risk, and how these may impact on the individual, their family and others in their lives.  You will have an awareness of the dilemmas you face in these decisions, and how the different options link to the rights and responsibilities of the individuals involved.  You will know the possible impact of investigations on the individual and their family, and how best to support those involved.

Course Contents

  • The purpose, duties and tasks involved in a Safeguarding investigation
  • Factors that need to be considered, including when to notify and/or involve the police, when to refer to an IMCA
  • The best ways to gather, evaluate and preserve evidence including good practice in interviewing
  • Your role, and the role of others (including vulnerable adults, poilce, advocates and IMCAs) in ensuring that a multi-agency investigation is carried out effectively to required timescales and processes
  • How to keep vulnerable adults safe, ensure their rights are upheld and choices respected, taking into account mental capacity and best interests
  • Strategies to minimise risk for the vulnerable adult, perpetrator, staff or organisations
  • The potential impact of abuse on vulnerable adults and their informal carers, on staff and organisations
  • Ways of supporting victims of abuse and their carers through the process of an investigation, including working proactively with those who are resistant, or refuse to engage with services
  • Relevant legislation and guidance which underpins good working practice in safeguarding adults
  • Presenting reports that are concise, objective and consistent with local requirements



Throughout this course you will be asked to further your knowledge and understanding of legislation designed to safeguard vulnerable adults, and will be supported to consider how your actions adhere to requirements within relevant legislation and guidelines.

This course links to QC Unit P1, Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Adults.  You may use your learning form attending this course towareds the Level 5 Leadership for Care Services Diploma.