204 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. We all have a responsibly to safeguard vulnerable adults. In this booklet you will learn what the different types of abuse are and how to identify signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse.
Those in most need of protection are
* Young people
* Vulnerable adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable.
Someone who is vulnerable can often be a target of abuse because,
* They can't defend themselves
* They may not be able to get away
* Even if they do tell, often they are believed
* It maybe forgotten that vulnerable people have human rights to be safe.
* Sometimes our staff and organization do not believe that it can happen.
Types of abuse.
Physical abuse: The deliberate or negligent harming of someone by use of force or applying physical force to control or restrain someone by a person who has responsibility. This could be by hitting, slapping, and punching, pinching, misuse of medication or inappropriate sanctions, burning, scalding, force feeding also leaving people in wet or soiled clothing or bedding.
Indicators that some maybe being abused.
Signs that physical abuse may be taking place can be:
Injuries that are consistent with physical abuse
Injuries that are the shape of objects
Present of several injuries of a variety of ages
Injuries that have not received medical attention
Scratches or cuts
Black eyes or bruised ears
Scalds or cigarette burns
A person being taken to many different places to receive medical attention
Pressure ulcers and sores or rashes from wet bedding/clothing
They may not physical symptoms and can be things like
Unexplained weight changes or...