514 – The Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults 1. Understand the legislation, regulations and policies that underpin the protection of vulnerable adults 1.1 Analyse the differences between the concept of safeguarding and the concept of protection in relation to vulnerable adults There is a difference between Safeguarding vulnerable adults/children and adult/child protection. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility, and includes measures to prevent or minimise the potential for abuse occurring. Protection is considered a statutory responsibility in response to individual cases where risk of harm has been identified POVA or Protection of Vulnerable Adults was changed and implemented to SOVA or Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults in 2007. This meant that the SOVA register was to replace the POVA and other individuals who are deemed unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults. 1.2 Evaluate the impact of policy developments on approaches to safeguarding vulnerable adults in own service setting (Our Health, our care, our say, Putting People First, No Secrets, In Safe Hands, Vetting and Barring Scheme / Independent Safeguarding Authority, Local Safeguarding Adults Boards Policy developments not only influence Safeguarding policies and procedures within our services, they underpin them. City Care Partnership has worked in partnership to develop and adopt multi agency procedures and guidance relating to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults in line with local authority vulnerable adult policies. Our Health, our care, our say is a White Paper published in 2006 and set a new direction for social care and community health services with four broad main goals. I’ve chosen to include the areas relating specifically to the development of safeguarding approaches. 1)
Better prevention and early intervention for improved health, independence and well-being. This included a shift in resources and in planning emphasis to prevention and early intervention, increased self-care and condition management among service users and more people who need care being supported to live in their own homes. 2)
More choice and a stronger voice for individuals and communities. The people we support and their carers having more say over where, how and by whom their support is delivered, and better access to information that helps them make their own choices about this, individuals and their communities being able to influence the shape and delivery of local services and to trigger action to look at problems 3)
Tackling inequalities and improving access to services.
More services being provided in the community through promoting emotional health and well-being and stronger services and support for people to help prevent physical and mental illness, ensuring that people are discharged from hospital with appropriate community support.
Our Health, our care, our say extensive public consultation exercise in which members of the public were asked about their priorities for health and social care. The White Paper was also shaped by views from those working in the health and social care sectors and those in receipt of support. Without discussing safeguarding explicitly, the white paper influenced other areas that indirectly impacted on the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. Putting People First - A shared vision and commitment to the transformation of Adult Social Care was published by The Department of Health in 2007. Across Government, he shared ambition was to put people first through a radical reform of public services, enabling people to live their own lives as they wish, confident that services are of high quality, are safe and promote their own individual needs for independence, well-being and dignity. In Section 2.0 entitled ‘Values’, the paper discusses replacing paternalistic, reactive care of variable quality with a mainstream system focussed on prevention, early intervention, enablement, and high quality personally tailored...
References: 4) Safeguarding Adults (2005)
5) Mental Capacity Act (2005) - The Mental Capacity Act 2005 for England and Wales received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 and came into force in 2007
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