Qcf - Level 5

Understand the legislation, regulations and policies that underpin the protection of vulnerable adults.

This paper will analyse the differences between safeguarding and the protection in relation to vulnerable adults. It will evaluate the impact of policy developments on approaches to safeguarding vulnerable adults in Mirus and the legislative framework.   It will also evaluate how serious case reviews or inquiries have influenced quality assurance, regulation and inspection relating to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, and explanation to the referral procedures when harm or abuse is alleged or suspected.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility whether it is support staff, health care professional’s management or the public.   They all have a duty to report any neglect or abuse. CSSIW and mirus have measures to prevent and minimise the potential for abuse occurring. These are known as safeguarding processes. CSSIW outlines good practice and audits support services, while the Safeguarding Policy clearly defines what is abuse. The Care Standard 2006 provides guidance for support services to ensure a quality service is provided. Mirus practices for safeguarding our service users and staff from abuse include monthly quality assurance monitoring to ensure financial abuse is not taking place, observations in the work place, complaints policy and our voice, our choice meetings for service users to voice opinions, feedback and concerns. Regular supervision also allow staff to raise concerns in the work place.   Guidelines and risk assessments also ensure that both staff and service users are safeguarded as long as staff adhere to them. Therefore safeguarding is about putting things in place that minimises the potential of abuse and also has clear guidance on what to do in a situation of witnessing such a thing.

Protection is considered a statutory responsibility in response to cases where risk of harm, neglect or abuse has been identified and therefore has...