Unit 514

Unit 514 Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults

Working with vulnerable adults requires people to be aware of current safeguarding legislation, regulations and policies. Many of these regulations talk about protection of vulnerable adults as well as safeguarding as there are key differences between the two.
Safeguarding is an important part of work with vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is proactively including the whole community in keeping individuals safe and promoting their welfare. It is a part of integrated working with professionals, family members and the individual to work in a holistic way and keep the person at the centre of their service.
Protection of a vulnerable adult is different to safeguarding in a way that it is the process of identifying an individual who has already been identified as being at risk or suffering from harm. For example a person living in an environment where domestic abuse is taking place but is not a victim themselves would be identified as at risk of suffering from harm.
Councils are consistently updating and reviewing their policies and procedures surrounding protection and safeguarding of vulnerable adults. With the new care act being released in 2014 all councils are updating and changing their policies to reflect the ongoing need for further personalisation of services and further protection of those adults identified as being at risk.
One of the first steps forward into the reform of health and social care services was the no secrets act 2000. This act set out a code of practice for the protection of vulnerable adults and paved the way for social care reform. The no secrets act began to put an emphasis on agencies working together to safeguard vulnerable adults and to bring the vulnerable adult into the centre of their service and give them more control over the services they were provided. It also emphasised the importance of agencies sharing information and clarified the responsibilities of the agencies...