Working with Vulnerable Adults

Working with Vulnerable Adults
This essay will debate the Panorama programme, headed ‘Undercover Care: the Abuse Exposed’, which was aired on television on 31st May 2011. It will analyse how safeguarding and inter-professional working can best support vulnerable adults in our society and question how personalisation impacts on an individual persons care. It will also draw upon the relevant legislation and government policy and critically examine this. The final element of this essay will be an action plan to help prevent abuse such as this raised in the programme.
There will be several words and phrases used throughout this piece of work, so to clarify this essay will use the definition of a vulnerable adult taken from the Department of Health (DoH) document   ‘No Secrets’ (DoH, 2000). Their definition has two elements and defines a vulnerable adult as
“A person over the age of 18
  * Who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness
  * 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”

With regard to personalisation, this essay will draw on the definition used by the Department of Health (2010) in “A Vision for Adult Social Care”.
They define personalisation as
“individuals not institutions take control of their care. Personal budgets, preferably as direct payments, are provided to all eligible people. Information about care and support is available for all local people, regardless of whether or not they fund their own care.” DoH, 2010.
There has been much discussion relating to terminology for those who have a learning disability and labels have included learning difficulty, developmental disability (Emmerson et al, 2005 and Thompson 2006) however for the purposes of this essay I will use the term ‘learning disability’ .
The key document which supports this work is ‘No Secrets: Guidance in Developing and...