Introduction to this course manual
This online manual aims to support student learning in mandatory training for professionals from health care, education, social care and other health care sectors; this could even support the political persons whose job it is to look into areas of concern and address them; health care professionals includes the holistic and complimentary therapist.
To this I suggest that medical professionals, Doctors in particular, require a good grounding in safeguarding their patients from hazards and harms of such devices as mesh that is often used in surgery, such as pelvic floor repairs, bladder repairs and bowel repairs. This device, most often made from plastics, erodes and damages tissues and scar tissue build up.
This device has known complications and unrecognised by the medical profession complications, which can lead to severe debility and dangerous occurrences and Death being one of the outcomes of this device. Worse is the medical professions denial of such debilitating and dangerous complications, the wild goose chase of plethora of unnecessary tests that are costly to the NHS that patients are given, the unnecessary other surgical procedures such as organs being removed where there is no disease state but mesh remains and so too the pain etc.
No matter where we live in the world we all want to feel safe, secure and protected. Whatever our age, gender, colour, ability, religion or creed, we all want to feel valued, nurtured, loved and cared for. We all want to feel that we have something of value to share with others wherever we are in the world. Being safe, nurtured, valued and loved allows us to all bloom, flourish and grow. Everyone benefits from this.
The opposite of this is feeling unsafe, insecure, fearful, devalued, discarded and unlovable and this means we are vulnerable to abuse in its many forms. Becoming, or even being the victim of abuse, at any time in life is destructive to the entire being and can lead to shock, trauma and mental/emotional/spiritual break down.
Although it is possible to heal and recover from abuse there is a need for long term holistic, healing solutions. Prevention is always better than cure. And there are many examples of people who have sustained abuse in perhaps its most horrific forms and who have helped pave the way to the development of recovery models and solutions. But that is an entirely different type of course and requires a multi-disciplinary and holistic application to learning.
So this course aims to help individuals to do their part to prevent abuse...
Here in the UK vulnerable people and groups are protected under legislation known as the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. The Care Act 2014 addresses safeguarding vulnerable adults. No matter what the legislation the key issue is the protection and safety of vulnerable groups and people which encapsulates the young, elderly, the physically and mental disabled.
There are also other groups who are vulnerable to abuse; the homeless, the immigrant who can be subject to modern day slavery, and finally and quite importantly those who are experiencing domestic violence particularly pregnant woman.
Legislation arose from serious cases where children, disabled, elderly and adults were found to have been abused in various different ways. This legislation was aims to safeguard vulnerable people through various activities; DBS is the disclosure and barring service that vets all persons who are seeking to work within work areas that have vulnerable groups and prevents anyone who is on the DBS list from gaining employment in such settings. Through training and education of all people working in health and social care fields but could ideally be extended to all members of the public.
Over the course of time UK legislation will change and be amended likewise where necessary this course will be updated to reflect this. Introduction to Safeguarding vulnerable groups
In this course students learn:
Legislation around Safeguarding vulnerable groups
Types of abuse
Signs and symptoms of abuse and includes some that are not recognised!
The "alerter"; your role and responsibilities
Reporting and recording; when to make a disclosure and to whom (also known as whistleblowing)
Includes: domestic violence and abuse, modern slavery and the homeless
The mental capacity Act and Deprivation of liberties
The possible consequences of early childhood neglect and abuse
The Disclosure and Barring system - to be added
How this course is delivered
This course is delived in voice over video, power point presentation style and there is a resource section with pdf dcouments to download and with links to various sites to encourage wider learning.