2.2 Explain the actions to take if an individual alleges that they are being 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 manager. 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.
Speak clearly and precise and avoid any leading questions.
2.3 Identify ways to ensure that evidence of abuse is preserved
Record the facts immediately
Do not tamper with evidence.
4.1 Explain how the likelihood of abuse may be reduced by:
Working with person-centred values
Person-centred values include:
All of these points represent the right for adults to live their lives free of fear, violence and abuse. They have the right to be protected for harm and exploitation.
Encouraging active participation
Active participation is a way of working that recognises an individual’s right to participate in the activities and relationships of everyday life as independently as possible. By being active this decreases the feeling of being vulnerable and improves confidence and self esteem.
Promoting choice and rights
By encouraging the individual to make choices and be involved with the decision making reduces the vulnerability through empowerment and independence.