Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Adults
Understanding the Legislation, Regulations and Policies that underpin the protection of Vulnerable Adults
1.1 Analyse the differences between the concept of safeguarding and the concept of protection in relation to vulnerable adults
Safeguarding was defined in the Children’s Act of 1989, and is most commonly applied to children and young people under the age of eighteen. Key aspects of legislation have recently been extended to include similar standards of protection to ‘vulnerable adults’. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person aged eighteen or over, who has either a dependency upon others in the performance of,
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The Social Services recognised significant changes within the adult protection field, and moved the agenda from ‘vulnerable adults’ and ‘Adult Protection’ to the new term ‘Safeguarding Adults’, placing more of an emphasis on early intervention and prevention of abuse. This phase means that all work which enables an adult who is eligible for community care services, to retain independence, wellbeing and choice and to access their human rights to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. The change in the name from POVA to SOVA focused on early intervention and prevention of abuse. ‘Vulnerable Adults’ became ‘Adults in need of Safeguarding’ to recognise a shift in service philosophy and practice since the launch of ‘No Secrets’ in 2000. The term ‘Vulnerable Adults’ can be disempowering, and can also suggest that the cause of the abuse is located with the victim rather than acts or omissions of others.
1.2 Evaluate the Impact of policy development on approaches to safeguarding vulnerable adults in own service setting. Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights; it can take many forms. The staff and volunteers in Havelock house nursing home are committed to practice which promotes the welfare of vulnerable adults and safeguards them from harm.
* Good practice means a commitment to keeping vulnerable adults safe from halm and exploitation and to upholding their rights our organisation has a safeguarding vulnerable adults policy supported by robust procedures. Our organisation has a written safeguarding vulnerable adults policy which acknowledges that all adults have the right to live free from halm and exploitation, outlines the organisations commitment to uphold that right and is explicit about the organisations Zero tolerance of abuse wherever it occurs. All the staff are made aware of the policy on their induction and is shown where the policy is kept and how to access it, the staff are asked to read to see what aims to achieve and the steps that will be taken to achieve those aims. Here are some of the main aims We will endeavour to safeguard vulnerable adults by: • Adhering to our safeguarding vulnerable adult policy and ensuring that it is supported by robust procedures; • Carefully following the procedures laid down for the recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers; • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training; • Implementing clear procedures for raising awareness of and responding to abuse within the organisation and for reporting concerns to statutory agencies that need to know, while involving carers and vulnerable adults appropriately; • Ensuring general safety and risk management procedures are adhered to; • Promoting full participation and having clear procedures for dealing with concerns and complaints; • Managing personal information, confidentiality and information sharing; and • Safeguarding vulnerable adults by implementing a code of...