Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care Essay

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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- Any abuse involving the use of force is classified as physical abuse. This can mean: Punching, hitting, slapping, pinching, kicking, in fact any form of physical attack Burning or scalding Restraint such as tying up or tying people to beds or furniture Refusal to allow access to toilet facilities Deliberate starvation or force feeding Leaving the individuals in wet or soiled clothing or bedding as a deliberate act to demonstrate power and strength of the abuser Excessive or inappropriate use of medication A carer causing illness or injury to someone he or she cares for in order to gain attention Sexual abuse- Sexual abuse, whether of adults or children, can also involve abuse of a position of power. Children can never be considered to give consent to any sexual activity of any description. For many adults, informed consent is not possible because of a limited understanding of the issues. In case of other adults, consent may not be given and the sexual activity is either forced on the individual against his or her will or the individual is tricked or bribed into it. This can consist of: Sexual penetration of any part of the body with a penis, finger or any object Touching inappropriate parts of the body or any other form of sexual contact without the informed agreement of the individual Sexual exploitation Exposure to, or involvement in, pornographic or erotic material Exposure to, or involvement in, sexual rituals Making sexual related comments or references which provide sexual gratification for the abuser Making threats about sexual activities. Emotional/psychological abuse-All the other forms of abuse also have an element of emotional abuse. Any situation
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