All local authorities are required, by law, to record and monitor ‘safeguarding concerns’ in their area. For the 2015–16 reporting year there were 186,860 reported concerns in England alone. Of these, over 60 per cent of the individuals at risk were aged 65 or over, and the most common type of abuse was neglect or acts of omission, followed by physical abuse. Sadly, abuse was a causal factor in the deaths of 60 people in this period. This qualification explores two key principles that everyone who works within health and social care should strive to uphold. The first principle is that of promoting and respecting an individual’s dignity. The second principle is that of safeguarding an individual’s right to live free from harm and abuse. These two fundamental principles are interlinked. Candidates will also explore issues relating to duty of care within the context of adult health and social care and gain an understanding of possible conflicts and dilemmas faced between duty of care and individuals’ rights.
As well as attaining a nationally recognised qualification upon completion, candidates will learn to recognise potential signs, symptoms and indicators of different types of abuse and the steps that should be taken if they suspect that an individual is at risk of harm and abuse. The course also provides employers with a structured training programme that will meet the training needs of their employees, giving peace of mind that staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to help safeguard individuals’ rights and to protect them from harm and abuse.
The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care comprises four mandatory units that are presented in two concise modules workbooks:
MODULE A: Unit 01: Understand safeguarding in adult health and social care, Unit 02: Principles of dignity in adult health and social care practice
MODULE B: Unit 03: Understand duty of care in adult health and social care, Unit 04: Understand dilemmas and public concerns in adult health and social care for those involved in incidents of behaviour that challenges
Each unit contains activities and assessments designed to cover the specific learning outcomes.