Unit 204 Safeguarding Abuse

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Unit 204 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care. Outcome 1 Know how to recognise signs of abuse 1.1 Define the following types of abuse: Physical abuse - force feeding, hitting, slapping, misuse of medication and use of restraint etc. Sexual abuse- rape and sexual assault, indecent exposure, penetration or attempted penetration etc. Emotional/ psychological abuse – emotional abuse, bullying, ignoring, shouting etc. Financial abuse – theft, fraud, exploitation etc. Institutional abuse - Institutional abuse is different from other categories because it is about who abuses and how that abuse comes to pass, rather than about types of harm. Abuse occurs in a relationship, family, service or institution and it…show more content…
Challenging behaviour from cared for person. Carer being young or immature. Care having disturbed sleep. No support from cared for person’s family and friends. Outcome 2 Know how to respond to suspected or alleged abuse 2.1 Explain the actions to take if there are suspicions that an individual is being abused? If someone makes an allegation of abuse to you. You must always believe them. It’s one of the biggest fears of those who have abused is when no one believes them. Don’t make this fear a reality. Reassure them, don’t pressure answers out of them. Tell senior staff. Never put words in their words or twist the truth. Just listen and record everything they say word by word. 2.2 Explain the actions to take if an individual alleges that they have been abused? If you work for a company or agency there should be policies and procedures already in place to follow most would state to report to the appropriate person(s), record the facts on appropriate paperwork, listen and do not judge. Always establish what it is that has occurred and report any suspicions to the appropriate manger. Reassure the individual at all times and take every allegation seriously. Always date the paperwork and have it signed by any witnesses (if any). Take photographs of evidence if possible, if it is of the individual gain
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