Safeguarding (Law & Social Work Practice)

Learning Outcomes

Session 1 Vulnerability

  • Define vulnerability in legal terms and in practice;
  • Explain how services are provided to vulnerable adults;
  • Explain why it is important to protect and safeguard vulnerable adults;

Session 2 Abuse

  • Explain what is meant by abuse and the various forms it can take;
  • Identify situations of potential abuse that warrant investigation;
  • Identify the various settings in which abuse can take place;
  • Outline the relevant legislation which exists to protect vulnerable adults from abuse;

Session 3 Capacity

  • Explain what is meant by capacity;
  • Outline the 4 question test used to determine capacity;
  • Describe the implications for people who lack capacity;
  • Identify what can, and what cannot be done on behalf of an incapacitated person;
  • Explain when an IMCA should be appointed and their role;

Session 4 Advanced decisions and the Public Guardian

  • Explain the purpose of making advance decisions;
  • Outline the functions performed by the Office of the Public Guardian;
  • Explain how a Lasting Power is created;
  • Describe the 2 kinds of Lasting Power;
  • Outline the powers and responsibilities given to those who hold an LPA;
  • Explain what happens if a person with an LPA abuses their position;

Session 5 Court of Protection

  • Identify the legal origin of the Court of Protection;
  • Explain its powers and duties;
  • Describe how and when deputies can be appointed and removed;

Session 6 Deprivation of Liberty

  • Explain the origins of deprivation of liberty safeguards;
  • Describe when an authorization is needed;
  • Outline the process to be followed to seek an authorization;
  • Describe that the authorisation allows you to do;
  • Identify some problems which can arise in practice;

Session 7 Consolidation

  • Explain the context in which adult protection/safeguarding operate;
  • Recognize the need to remain alert, regardless, to the symptoms and signs of abuse or harm occurring;
  • Identify the need to make referrals;
  • Explain your role on ensuring no unauthorised deprivation of liberty occurs;
  • Summarise the measures available to protect vulnerable adults who lack capacity;