Unit 514 Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Adults

Level 5 NVQ5 Health and Social Care
Unit 514 Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults
1.1 Analyse the differences between the concept of safeguarding and the concept of protection in relation to vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding practices are most commonly applied to children and young people under the age of eighteen and was defined in the Children Act of 1998 that agencies and organisations working with children and young people must take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to the individuals welfare are minimised and where there are concerns about children and young people’s welfare all agencies and organisations take all appropriate actions to address those concerns working to agreed local policies and procedures and working in partnership with other agencies.
A vulnerable adult is defined as an individual aged 18 or over who depends on others for assistance with respect to their basic functions or who has a severe impairment in the ability to communicate and therefore a reduced ability to protect themselves from assault, abuse or neglect. 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. Safeguarding is an important part of integrated working, which puts the individual at the centre of all activities to help identify their holistic needs earlier to improve their life outcomes. It is important to see safeguarding as part of a series of steps incorporating prevention and early intervention which can help children, vulnerable adults and to avoid problems getting out of hand and turning into a crisis. Protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It is the process of protecting an individual identified as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or...