Assignment 204 Task A Essay

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Assignment 204
Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
Describe in your own words what is meant by the following types of abuse:
Physical abuse: Physical abuse is when an individual is being physically harmed by the people who are responsible for their care
Signs and symptoms of physical abuse: Unexplained bruising, cuts or burns. Unexplained injuries and falls. Restraining someone inappropriately without a reason. Malnutrition, ulcers, bed sore and being left in wet clothing. Inappropriate sanctions including deprivation of food, clothing, warmth and health care needs.
Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse can be different types of abuse whether it’s sexual activities and the individual cannot consent to it and have been
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Explain the correct actions to take if an individual tells you they are being abused.
If an individual tells you that they are being abused you would reassure them that they are going to be safe and that it is not their fault this has happened and that you are taking the information seriously and that you are going to tell the appropriate person and why. You would stay calm and try not to show shock or disbelief. You would listen carefully to what they are saying. You would tell them that the service will take steps to protect and support them. You would preserve evidence.
Identify how to ensure that any evidence of abuse is kept safe.
All evidence of abuse should never be moved and should be left in the same place and position as before. If the individual agrees and the evidence is crucial photographs may be taken. Try and get the individual away from the scene of abuse and tell them not to touch or move anything relevant.
Identify the national policies that set out special requirements for safeguarding individuals
Safeguarding Vulnerable Group Act 2006. Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) criminal Records Bureau. Human Rights Act 1998.
Identify the local and organisational systems for safeguarding.
Safeguarding Adults Board. Safeguarding policies and procedures for vulnerable adults. Employer/organisational policies and procedures.
Explain the roles of different agencies and professionals that are involved in