Qcf Level 5 Unit 514

Unit 514   Safeguarding and Protection Of Vulnerable Adults.

Prevention of abuse has not always been high on the adult safeguarding agenda, but there is growing consensus about the importance of everyone with an interest in adult care services making efforts to prevent abuse of vulnerable adults.
Relatively little research exists on the prevention of abuse of vulnerable adults. What research has been done focuses on people with learning disabilities and older adults, and on institutional settings. Studies tend to be small-scale with little evidence of generalisability.
Effective prevention in safeguarding needs to be broadly defined and should include all social care user groups and service configurations. It does not mean being over-protective or risk-averse.
Some of the most common prevention interventions for vulnerable adults include training and education of vulnerable adults and staff on abuse in order to help them to recognise and respond to abuse. Other approaches include, identifying people at risk of abuse, awareness raising, information, advice and advocacy, policies and procedures, community links, legislation and regulation, interagency collaboration and a general emphasis on promoting empowerment and choice. Prevention needs to take place in the context of person-centred support and personalisation, with individuals empowered to make choices and supported to manage risks.

All adults have the right to live a life free from abuse and exploitation.

  1. At present there is no adult protection legislation in the UK, however there are many pieces of legislation that can assist to underpin the protection of venerable adults.

The broad definition of a ‘vulnerable adult’ is a person “who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm
or exploitation”.