Date of Legislation
How it protects vulnerable adults
Human Rights Act
Human rights are legal obligations that must be obeyed by all public bodies and local everyone has the right to: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Respect for their Personal Autonomy, and freedom from: torture, degrading treatment, slavery (forced labour), thought, belief, religion and expression.
It gives them legal rights and gives them some protection from physical and discriminatory abuse, it also allows them to disclose abuse and have the same rights to all services that all non-disabled people have.
Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)
The Health and Safety at Work act is about stopping people getting hurt or injured or ill through the work that they do. HASAWA also states that the employer is responsible for the health and safety of all their employees.
Helps protect vulnerable adults in places such as care homes against physical abuse and neglect. This includes things like having proper working equipment and not having faulty equipment. For example, if a member of staff puts someone in a hoist and it isn’t working properly and the person is injured because of the faulty equipment, then this would be neglect because the member of staff wasn’t attending to the person’s needs.
Care Standards Act
This is an act that makes sure all institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, have a high standard of care. If they don’t meet this standard and they are inspected, measures will be put on them being closed down.
This act protects people against neglect in all places where people are cared for because it sets out a standard of care that must be abided by to protect people from being neglected, because if the standard of care isn’t high enough, then the company or organisation can be prosecuted.
Data Protection Act
This act protects people’s data, whether it is stored electronically or