Why do you need to ask questions about your safeguarding knowledge?
Well, having delivered Safeguarding Adults training for many years it is becoming more apparent that, for many people, quite often receiving this training is more about ticking a professional box.
Why is this?
Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults have a responsibility to their care and support needs – these people may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Professionals that need a good safeguarding knowledge include:
And everyone else who works in person led occupations.
The Care Act of 2014
The Care Act of 2014 modernised the law so that a person’s wellbeing is at the heart of the UK Care and Support system. It is essential knowledge for any support worker.
Yet when I asked some prior learners of mine to quote something from this act, or other questions about their safeguarding knowledge, I was met by a group of blank faces. This isn’t an exaggeration – the only comments put forward where:
“someone mentioned about safeguarding when I first started work” & “only managers have to worry about the Care Act stuff”
Please don’t let this be you! Safeguarding sets out a framework not only to protect others but yourself – doing nothing is no longer an option.
Due to my findings, remembering my ideologies are about learning not blaming, I have set out below some practice questions. If you can answer all or the majority, great! If not, do you need to extend your safeguarding knowledge?
Questions about your Safeguarding Knowledge
1. What is the definition of safeguarding adults?
2. Who does safeguarding apply to?
3. What are the categories of abuse?
4. In what circumstances should a care provider, housing provider or health professional contact adult services about an adult who may be at risk of abuse or neglect?
5. Is self-neglect a safeguarding issue?
6. At what point should the police become involved in a safeguarding investigation?
8. How should you handle it if a partner organisation fails to share information about an individual that is relevant to safeguarding?
9. How should you address domestic abuse in a safeguarding context?
10. What does good record-keeping look like?
11. How can managers ensure that the supervision they provide supports good safeguarding practice?
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