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4.1 Identify relevant legislation, national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding and protection from abuse

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Care, Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 4. Understand the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse
Assessment criteria: 4.1 Identify relevant legislation, national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding and protection from abuse

Legislation relating to safeguarding and protection from abuse includes:

  • The Human Rights Act 1998 – sets out rights and freedoms of all UK citizens
  • Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 – makes FGM unlawful
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 – protects rights of individuals that lack capacity
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 – backgound checks for workers that have contact with vulnerable individuals
  • Equality Act 2010 – protects against discriminatory abuse
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012 – legislates how agencies work together
  • Care Act 2014 – legislates how agencies works together, puts onus on local authorities to lead local safeguarding
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 – protects individuals from human trafficking, domestic servitude, forced labour etc.

National policies relating to safeguarding and protection from abuse include:

Local systems relating to safeguarding and protection from abuse include:

  • Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs)
  • Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) – previously Serious Case Reviews
  • Employer’s agreed ways of working