QCF LEVEL 5 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN SOCIAL CARE (ADULTS)
UNIT 514 – SAFEGUARDING ADULTS
1.1 Analyse the differences between the concept of Safeguarding and the concept of Protection in relation to vulnerable adults
The words “Safeguarding” and “Protection” are often used to describe the same thing. However, on further analysis there are differences and below is an attempt to differentiate between the two concepts:
Safeguarding is a relatively new term and really became widely used following the government’s decision to review the “No Secrets Guidance” (2000) in 2008. As a result of this review the government wished to focus on developing guidance on implementing a multiagency approach to policies and procedures in order to protect vulnerable adults. The government chose to focus on 3 key ...view middle of the document...
In using the term Safeguarding we mean:
* Specific action to identify and protect vulnerable adults at risk of suffering significant harm.
* Proactively seeking to involve the whole community in keeping the individual safe and promoting their welfare.
* Activities directly designed to identify and support vulnerable adults who at risk of poor outcomes as a result of abuse.
* Ways to improve the general health and well-being of identified vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding means protecting vulnerable adults from maltreatment and abuse of any kind with a view to empowering the individual to help protect themselves. The following definition of Safeguarding has been extracted from the Improvement and Development Agency & Centre for Public Scrutiny in 2010:
“a range of activity aimed at upholding an adult’s fundamental right to be safe at the same time as respecting people’s rights to make choices. Safeguarding involves empowerment, protection and justice…..In practice the term “safeguarding” is used to mean both specialist services where harm or abuse has or is suspected to have occurred and other activity designed to promote the wellbeing and safeguard the rights of adults.”
Prior to the Government’s review of the “No Secrets Guidance” the term Protection of vulnerable adults was used instead of Safeguarding of Vulnerable adult. Protection of vulnerable adults is a part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the action that is undertaken to protect specific vulnerable adults who are risk of suffering abuse. Effective protection of vulnerable adults is part of the wider picture to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable adults. It is the responsibility of all relevant agencies to work collaboratively to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable adults so that the need for action to protect from harm is minimised.