Unit 11 : Safeguarding in Health and Social Care-Btechnd
TASK 2 Case Scenario
Q3 Explain how you will minimize abuse by referencing existing working practices and strategies health care professionals’ employ. Evaluate the effectiveness of these working policies and practices suggested.
In order to safeguard the service users at health and care centre, there are various policies and practices which are being designed by the legislation. These policies play a significant role in the safeguarding users at health care centre. For example in the case number 2, in above given cases, the child faces the issue of bullying. To prevent children from such kind of issues, an “Anti-bullying Ordinance” is passed. According to this ordinance, anyone who will be found bullying will face the punishment under this act (Munro & Hubbard, 2011). This ordinance was very useful to prevent children from various physical and sexual harassment. The ordinance even instructs parents to be careful and ensure that their child is not involved in any kind of bullying act. According to this law, if any kid of kindergarten would be found guilty, then the parents need to face the punishment. The strength of this law is that all the discriminated and minority kids got something to safeguard themselves from bullying act, but the weakness is that the act is done by kids and hence instead of punishment they should be given warning and a second chance in order to improve.
The other such law was for the case scenario 3 i.e. the youth worker case. This is clearly a case of sexual harassment. To handle such kind of situations, these is a “Sexual Offences Act 2003”. The law is applicable for everyone who is working at various places and hence anyone can make use of this aspect of contract law for their safety at workplace (Pike et al, 2011). The strength of this law is that it can be applied to anyone who is found guilty even if the victim is not in a situation to explain the incident. The negative of this law is that there is no demarcation line for the level of intimacy during the cure. This is risky for the mental patients as they do not have capacity to understand the right level of closeness.
Similarly there are many other laws and policies given by legislation to prevent the service users. One of such law is Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (SVGA) 2006, the law protects the vulnerable people from those who are not entitled to work at care centres. With the help of this law, no wrong person can get a chance to work with the patients. The drawback of this law is that the people working at homes cannot be inspected. Another law which prevents abuse in mental patients is section 127 of Mental Health Law 1983.
In order to ensure a successful implementation of these laws and policies, there are various roles and responsibilities of the professionals involved. The roles vary depending on the level of the worker but the most important factor is that at all the levels mutual agreement should be there. The various levels are as following:
Operational Level: Workers at this level recognize, inspect and solve all the queries regarding the cases of abuse.
Supervisory level: The workers at this level guide the operational level workers and keep a continuous check on them so that all the guidelines are followed properly (Reeves et al, 2011).
Senior Management: The employees at this level designs and formulates the policies and rules.
Chief Officers/Executives: These people look at the roles and responsibilities at national level and hence contribute at national level.
All the rules and policies formulated by the legislation will be helpful only if they are implemented properly at the care centres. It is the responsibility of the workers to ensure that all the policies are known to the employees as well as the service users so that at the time of need they can approach to the management and explain the abuse which happened with them. All the employees and patients must work in coordination and cooperation to avoid any kind of abuse within the premise.
Q4 As a health care professional, you have been invited to a staff Meeting, on tracking abuse. Using the two case scenarios selected, discuss you recommendation for improvement you will suggest with other members of staff to minimize abuse.
There are a number of existing strategies which are being practiced in order to control the abuse at every level in the organization. As per the case scenarios chosen, in the second case of bullying, to prevent it, the main strategy is to encourage imparting knowledge regarding this in the schools and colleges. The kids and students spend most of their time in school and colleges and hence, the teaching at schools and colleges will be of great help to reduce the abuse (bullying). Also, the other strategy is to teach children about stress management and situation handling so that even if by chance some bullying takes place, the child is aware about the ways to handle such situation (Reece, 2010). The same should be followed for the college students too. They should be told more about the ill-effects of drugs and smoking. The students must be under vigilance after school and college timings as that is the time, when maximum crimes happens as the students are free to do whatever they want in that time. Education and knowledge play a significant role in the reducing the cases of abuse. Even in the case scenario provided, if the students are well aware about the problem of autism, they will not abuse someone who will have such problem. The other strategy is to talk to the people who are the most vulnerable targets like the child in the case, who is suffering from Autism and hence cannot communicate properly. There must be some provisions so that the abuse of these people can be minimized. For the case of youth worker the strategy to handle can be with the help of community centres where the youth can stay and be safe. One of the other strategies which is very helpful in controlling and minimizing abuse is by increasing the bonding amongst the family members. The support from the family members is one of the most important and powerful support (Pike et al, 2011).
All the strategies which are being followed and regularly practiced are performing well at various levels. Any policy or rules would be helpful only if they are being implemented and executed properly. All the existing strategies are good and capable enough to reduce the abuse only if everyone understands its importance and follows them rigorously. The strategy under which imparting knowledge to the students is done is an excellent strategy to avoid any kind of abuse in the schools and colleges. The students and kids are the most su.Order Now