Experience has shown that three major misunderstandings prevent care workers from using the safeguarding system effectively. These are:
1 I can’t report my concerns without evidence;
2 Confidentiality prevents me from reporting my concerns;
3 It’s not abuse if the person consents.
Social care workers tend to be practical, ‘hands on’ people and they think in practical ways rather than about abstract concepts. Therefore this training uses real ‘stories’ about past cases and exercises/discussions to make the Safeguarding framework real. It relates the principles to their own lived experience and the ‘common sense’ that underlies the legislation.
By the end of the training participants will not be experts in Safeguarding but they will understand their own responsibilities and have a clear idea of what abuse means and who is a vulnerable adult according to UK law. They will also be confident that Safeguarding processes are not ‘witch hunts’ and that there is nothing to fear from the process. Reporting abuse isn’t a pleasant experience but it’s not a terrible one either.
The basic message is: Record, report, co-operate
The course covers:
What is abuse?
What is a vulnerable adult?
A little history – Ian Huntley, Miss X, The second Laming report
The basic framework
7 types of abuse and how to spot them
Alerters and investigators – not the same
Confidentiality isn’t secrecy – it’s ‘need to know’.
7 principles for information sharing.
Roles & responsibilities
Rights and self-determination.
Process based case studies