Fair Treatment of Vulnerable Customers

Companies have a legal obligation to identify the signs of vulnerability and ensure that vulnerable individuals are treated fairly.

The FCA defines a vulnerable person as someone who is susceptible to harm when a firm doesn't act with the appropriate level of care. Personal circumstances relating to health, life events, resilience and capability increase an individual's risk of vulnerability.

Our Fair Treatment of Vulnerable Customers Course will help your employees to better identify, understand and address the needs of those in vulnerable circumstances.

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fair treatment of vulnerable customers

About this Course

Available as part of our FCA & Insurance Course Library.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare your employees to:

  • Recognise who may be vulnerable and why
  • Identify signs and triggers of vulnerability
  • Know how your safeguards vulnerable customers
  • Take appropriate action to safeguard vulnerable people
  • Handle disclosures effectively with industry-approved tools
  • Learn how to meet data protection requirements

Latest Course Updates

  • Course redesigned with a more modern feel
  • Full review conducted by an FCA expert
  • Text & image updates throughout the course

Course outline


Recognising Vulnerability

- Scenario 1: Sara's new friend
- Scale of vulnerability in the UK

Who is Vulnerable?

- Coronavirus and vulnerability
- You decide: Recognising the drivers
- Actual versus potential vulnerability
- You decide: Who is vulnerable?
- Vulnerability and the spectrum of risk
- You decide: Gauging vulnerability
- Cases in the News
- The consequences of vulnerability
- Our impact on vulnerable customers

Recognising Customer Vulnerability

- You decide: Is it a concern?
- Recognising the barriers

Ensuring Fair Treatment of Vulnerable Customers

Employee Responsibility

- Best practice: Do & Don't
- Handling disclosures

A More Flexible Approach

- Scenario: Jakub's account

Data Protection Requirements

- Involvement of third parties




Course Specifications



Approximately 30-minute long e-learning course followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience is required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via a client style sheet.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary.

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