Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Social Care Level 2

All local authorities are required, by law, to record and monitor ‘safeguarding concerns’ in their area. For the 2015–16 reporting year, there were 186,860 reported concerns in England alone. Of these, over 60 percent of the individuals at risk were aged 65 or over, and the most common type of abuse was neglect or acts of omission, followed by physical abuse. Sadly, according to statistics from the Safeguarding Adult Reviews for this period, abuse was a causal factor in the deaths of 60 people.

Thes learning resource for this qualification explores two key principles that everyone who works within health and social care should strive to uphold. The first principle is that of promoting and respecting an individual’s dignity. The second principle is that of safeguarding an individual’s right to live free from harm, abuse, and neglect. These two fundamental principles are interlinked.

Candidates will also explore issues relating to duty of care within the context of adult health and social care. They will gain an understanding of possible conflicts and dilemmas faced between duty of care and individuals rights. They will also be able to recognise and report unsafe practices and understand the impact of their own actions on individuals and others.

Course Fees


Course Delivery

Digital or Paper-based

Course Duration

6 to 12 Weeks

Awarding Body


Course Content

  • Learn the key principles of dignity, duty of care, and safeguarding
  • Investigate the principles and how they are applied
  • Examine dilemmas that can arise
  • Learn the consequences when care principles are not upheld