Thursday 6 June 2019

Safeguarding Course

These are photographs of residents of Camphill Milton Keynes taking part in a Safeguarding couse at the Chrysalis Theatre.
Safeguarding is a term used in the United Kingdom and Ireland to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people - especially children, young people and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
Adults in need of safeguarding help are generally elderly and frail, and either live alone or in care homes with little support from family members. They may have mental health issues, a physical disability or learning difficulties. Professional carers ideally focus on empowerment, protection, prevention, proportionate responses, partnership and accountability to safeguard vulnerable adults. In Birmingham and the West Midlands, the term 'adults at risk' is preferred over 'vulnerable adults'.
The Care Act 2014 introduced new legislation regarding safeguarding vulnerable adults. The Act sets out a legal framework for how local authorities and other organisations should react to suspicion of abuse or neglect.
A key part of safeguarding work is assessment.
Professionals conducting assessments of families where neglect is taking place are said sometimes to make the error of not asking the right questions, such as:
  • Is neglect occurring?
  • Why is neglect occurring?
  • What is the situation like for the child?
  • Are improvements in the family likely to be sustained?
  • What needs to be done to ensure the long-term safety of the child?
Alex Fox

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