Risk Of Harm And Abuse

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LEARNING OUTCOME 3
3.1 EXTENT TO WHICH INDIVIDUALS ARE AT RISK OF HARM
It would be untrue to claim that the care provided to service users protects them from risk. In fact, the care that service users receive could put them at risk of harm and abuse. Service users are exposed to risks like everybody else, except they might experience it to a different extent. These risks include but are not limited to the below;
A. Physical: Because vulnerable people in most cases cannot express or defend themselves effectively, they are liable to physical abuse. For example, an individual with severe mental disabilities physically abuse by a rouge care worker.
B. Psychological/ Mental: When a person with a disability is constantly shammed by people around them, it can contribute to their disability, sending them into depression or worse. Physical or mental abuse could be verbal and non-verbal. Unkind things said, unkind and discriminatory manners in which service users could be treated is a major risk to their safety.
C. Financial: A vulnerable person who cannot handle their finances on his/her own and requires another person to do so for him/her; family member, friend, or professional; is at major risk of fraud. Multiple times, vulnerable individuals have been defrauded and even harmed physically all killed by the people they entrusted their safety to.
D. Self inflicted harm: Also referred to as self injurious behavior, a large percentage of individuals with disabilities engage in self…
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