Safeguarding Unit P1 Health and Social Care Essay

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Sam fellows rose lodge Unit P1 1 understand the legislation, regulations and policies that underpin the protection of vulnerable adults. 1.1 Safeguarding is to protect vulnerable adults that are at risk of harm, being abused and or neglected. Abuse can take place anywhere and be in many different forms. Safeguarding vulnerable adults What is safeguarding? Safeguarding is the multi-disciplinary work we do to minimise and manage risk to adults who may be vulnerable. It employs a framework which brings together all aspects of an investigation into an allegation of abuse against a vulnerable adult. For any safeguarding issue, we aim to involve the vulnerable person and offer them as much choice as possible. Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire have a multi-agency procedure for responding to suspected abuse of vulnerable adults. This means we have an agreement where organisations work together with the person who we think may be abused, to safeguard that person and take what actions we can. Adult and Community Services co-ordinate the policy, with the Police and the NHS sharing responsibility for ensuring the correct process is used. Definition of a vulnerable adult A vulnerable adult is someone aged 18 or over: * Who is, or may be, in need of community services due to age, illness or a mental or physical disability * Who is, or may be, unable to take care of himself/herself, or unable to protect himself/herself against significant harm or exploitation (Definition from the Department of Health 2002) Who is a vulnerable adult? Abuse can affect any vulnerable adult, but particularly someone who is, or may be, unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation, for example: * Older people * People with mental health problems * Disabled people * People with learning difficulties * People with acquired brain

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