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: 4.4 Identify sources of information and advice about own role in safeguarding and protecting individuals from abuse, including whistle blowing
Your own role in safeguarding and protecting individuals from abuse may be confusing at times, so it is important that you are able to access support when you need it.
You should always ask your manager for guidance and support – they will often have a lot of experience in this area and be able to guide you wisely. Similarly, experienced co-workers may be able to help as well as senior management. If you are employed by a large organisation, you may have a designated safeguarding lead that can help.
Your employer’s agreed ways of working including their safeguarding policy and procedure and their whistleblowing policy and procedure can be great sources of information.
As well as sources within your organisation, external agencies can offer support and advice. This could include the Care Quality Commission, the Social Care Institue for Excellence, professional bodies and your local authority (adult safeguarding team).