Unit name: Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 5. Understand ways to reduce the likelihood of abuse
Assessment criteria: 5.1 Explain how the likelihood of abuse may be reduced by: working with person centred values, encouraging active participation, promoting choice and rights, supporting individuals with awareness of personal safety
This section looks at how the likelihood of abuse could be reduced by working with person-centred values, encouraging active participation, promoting choice and rights and supporting individuals with an awareness of their personal safety.
Person-centred values include principles such as respect, dignity and choice. By working with person-centred values in mind, service users will understand what good, standards-based care look like and be more likely to be concerned when their care falls below these standards. They are also much more likely to challenge poor practice.
Active participation is an approach which encourages individuals to be an active participant in the activities and relationships of their lives. This promotes their independence.
Individuals that are more independent will be less susceptible to abuse because they are less dependent on others.
Promoting choice and rights
By promoting an individuals choice and rights they are less likely to be abused because they will know that they can make complaints and challenge bad practices. They will also be aware that they can disagree with and challenge decisions made about their care provision.
Supporting individuals with an awareness of personal safety
Empowering individuals with information about how to protect their own personal safety can reduce the likelihood of them being abused because they will understand how they may be exploited and what they can do to prevent this from happening.