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Types of Abuse

Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. But abuse does happen, and it can happen anywhere, to anyone. But children and vulnerable adults are especially at risk. This course is for people who want to better understand the complex topic of abuse and safeguarding. If you work in education, health, social care, policing or any other field that involves children and vulnerable adults, it’s vital to be aware of the different types of abuse and the warning signs to look out for.

What you will learn

It’s important to understand that there are different types of abuse and a range of settings where it might happen. This course will explain the main categories and types of abuse and where it would most likely occur. It also looks at warning signs of abuse, to help you identify if someone you know or work with may be in danger.

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About this course

Abuse is sometimes, but not always, easy to spot. It can be subtle, hidden, complicated, and confusing. It’s a deeply personal topic, and it can be upsetting to think about. But it’s really important to talk about what happens in abusive situations, so that you can recognise the warning signs and help to protect people from it.

We all have a responsibility to look out for each other. Especially if your work or volunteer activity brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults. It’s vital that you’re aware of the different types of abuse so that you can safeguard people from preventable harm.

Engaging the learner

No-one finds talking about abuse easy. It’s a challenging subject that needs to be handled carefully. Our mission with this course was to take a difficult topic and present the facts as simply and sensitively as possible. We decided to move away from our usual, full-colour animation and use simple line drawn animation, instead. This minimalist approach is more evocative, but at the same time it allows the learner to focus clearly on the facts and information.

This course also uses learner-controlled splash screens. They serve to break the course up, giving you the opportunity to do as much, or as little, as you’re comfortable with. So, if you feel as though you need a break, you can take one and come back to the course at a later time

Piece of mind with testing

Peace of mind with testing

This course also has an assessment at the end which allows learners to test their understanding and helps businesses demonstrate a level of competence in the topic.

With a bank of questions learners will get randomised assessments which means if people do fail the assessment, they aren't faced with the same quiz again; after all you want to test learners knowledge and not their ability to remember the right button to press second time around.



Everyone has the right to learn and learner need can vary demanding on environment or disabilities. This course comes with transcripts so people have text options for an media, subtitles for all videos and is screen reader friendly with alternative text.

We take a number of steps to ensure visuals and navigation is easy for your people.

Certified training

This course is an IOSH approved courses which means you're getting industry best practice content in health and safety.