Safeguarding In The Health Care Profession

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Safeguarding An informative guide for people who work in the health care profession What is safeguarding? Safe guarding is protecting people from neglect and abuse, Abuse is any action that intentionally harms or injures another. No secrets (Adult safeguarding) states that the start point for the definition of abuse is "Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons". Abuse may occur on a single occasion or in repeated acts, and can happen in any sort of relationship and may result in significant harm to, or exploitation off, the person subjected to it. As health care workers it is our job to make ensure service users safety and well being, and to safeguard and protect them from any form…show more content…
The definition of financial abuse according to No Secrets is:"Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits" Signs and Symptoms * Lack of funds * Money disappearing * Bills not getting paid * Objects and belongings going missing * Being overly protective of possessions and money Institutional Abuse This kind of abuse is any forms of abuse that occur within an organisation EG a care home. It can be isolated incidents of poor practice or continuous ill treatment and neglect that develop into institutional abuse. Things such as not being given choice on meals, bedtime, and clothing would be considered as abuse as well as restricted access to services and advice, or not being able to make complaints Signs and Symptoms * Poor quality or care * Lack of appropriate care equipment * Poor or no care plans * Shared belongings within a residential setting * High rate of hospital admittance * A lack of positive response to individual needs * Insufficient amount of knowledge by…show more content…
CQC’s aim is to promote improvements in care, and safeguard by making sure a high quality of care is provided and will take legal action if care providers do not met standards, or if they believe service users are at risk. Social workers assess the needs of individuals, and have access to different services of support and protection. They working together with other services such as doctors, community nurses, occupational therapists ensure that they are getting the care and support needed to live happily and have a good quality of life Police investigate any allegations of abuse and will arrange support and protection for the individual, they take action against abuse for example they will gather any evidence to build a case so the abuser can be prosecuted. Medical professionals such as Doctors, Nurses can examine the individuals for any marks/bruising and treat and medical problems as well as collecting medical evidence and being an expert

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