Level 5 H&Sc

Unit 514 – Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding means proactively seeking to involve multi agency professionals in keeping an individual safe and promoting their health and wellbeing.
Following Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbié, the subsequent publication of Every Child Matters and the Children Act (2004), integrated working across services has become integral in ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are safe and protected.
Following an extensive inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Robert Francis QC published his final report on 6 February 2013.
It told a story of appalling suffering of many patients within a culture of secrecy and defensiveness. The inquiry highlighted a whole system failure. A system which should have had checks and balances in place, and working, to ensure that patients were treated with dignity, and suffered no harm.

Safeguarding is an important part of integrated working. Where multi agency professionals work together in an integrated way, they put the individual at the centre of all activities to help identify their individual needs (PCP) earlier to support and improve their life outcomes. It is important to see safeguarding as part of a multi agency service, where prevention and early intervention can help children and vulnerable adults get back on track by empowering them to make their own life choices whilst being protected from any harm or abuse.

Protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting wellbeing and welfare. It is the process of protecting an individual as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
By supporting and informing the individual of their rights and supporting them to access an advocate will empower them, prevention and early intervention can help, also well trained staff that are able to identify any alleged abuse, and are competent in supporting the...