Title: How Do Unsafe and Abusive Practices Become Routine in Some Workplaces?

Title: How do unsafe and abusive practices become routine in some workplaces?

Given that the majority of care work is of a personal nature, involves looking after those who may have difficulty in communicating, is physically hard, demanding and dirty and is carried out by the newest and lowest status of the workers, I will show that, by using examples from K101 (Unit 17) and Understanding Health and Social Care (Chapter 14), abusive and unsafe practices can occur in the workplace due to inadequately trained or prepared staff, the lack of appropriate guidelines or policies and safeguards and the embedding of ethos and habits becoming routine in the workplace.   Abusive care takes many forms and is not solely concerned with those who are ill intentioned and wish to harm others.   Abusive and unsafe care can be a solo or series of acts that results in the harm or exploitation of a person and can be of a physical, sexual or psychological nature and includes acts of omission or neglect.

One of the most common ways for abusive and unsafe practices to become routine is that staff are inadequately trained or prepared for the work that they will be asked to do. Intimate care requires care assistants, normally the most junior staff, to carry out tasks that involve direct physical touch and nakedness.   K101 (Unit 17,p 20), gives examples of the type of care offered, the lack of training and support given to new members of staff at Millstream Court.   It is evident from the case study that Maria has received no training or preparation during her induction for what she will be asked to do or how to react when dealing with these tasks.   Because of this Fakhra, Richard and Marie all had experiences which were unpleasant, embarrassing and frightening and could have resulted in death or severe distress or harm to the service user.   The lack of training and preparing Marie for such tasks could have led to her not only losing confidence in her abilities and becoming traumatised by...