Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

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Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
Level 2
Unit Ref A/601/8574
Unit Credit Value 3

1. Know how to recognise signs of abuse
1.1 Define the following types of abuse:
Physical
Sexual
Emotional/psychological
Financial
Institutional
Self neglect
Neglect by other

Physical abuse is an act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm.
Sexual abuse is sexual activity that is deemed improper or harmful, as between an adult and a minor or with a person of diminished mental capacity.
Emotional abuse is any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature.
Financial abuse is the misuse of a
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At the first opportunity make a note of the disclosure and date and sign your record. You notes should: record what the individual actually said, using their own words and phrases describe the circumstances in which the disclosure came about record the setting and anyone else who was there at the time
Not cloud factual information with opinions or judgements
Use a pen with black ink, so that the report can be photocopied, and keep the record safe and confidential as your report may be required later as part of a legal action or disciplinary procedure.

2.3 Identify ways to ensure that evidence of abuse is preserved
Do not clean up location of suspected abuse as this may disturb evidence. If appropriate and depending on nature of abuse, keep documentation safe e.g. bank statements if financial abuse suspected.

3. Understand the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse.
3.1 Identify national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding and protection from abuse.
Laws which cover work in the field of care:
Care Standards Act 2000
National Assistance Act 1948
NHS and Community Care Act 1990
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1986
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Mental Health Act 1983
Mental Act 1983 (draft MH Bill 2004)
Children Act 1989
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Government policies and guidelines:
Working Together to Safeguard Children’
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