Posted: November 23rd, 2015

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

Task 2: LO2 Understand current legislation, policy and professional involvement regarding abuse in health and social care contexts. What you must do:
During the last few years high profile serious case reviews and criminal trials have concluded, which all involved a mother killing one of her children, despite the involvement of several agencies in the child’s life. The first was the case of Daniel Pelka, a four-year-old living in Coventry who was singled out for abuse and neglect by his mother and her partner until his death from a blow to the head in March 2012.
The second was the case of Keanu Williams, a toddler living in Birmingham who died with 37 separate injuries on his body, inflicted by his mother in early 2011.
The last was the conviction of Amanda Hutton in Bradford Crown Court for the severe neglect and manslaughter of her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan. The boy’s mummified remains were found in his cot in September 2011, two years after his death in the squalid flat where other children were living
Using the case studies highlighted above use it to answer the following question
2.1. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses in current legislation and policy relating to those vulnerable to abuse in the case studies above. Cite relevant legislation and policies relating to the case studies. (such as: national, regional and local policies; professional standards and guidelines as appropriate; individual rights; Fraser guidelines). (390words)
2.2. Explain what the role of different professionals involved in protecting vulnerable service users in abuse in the case studies above. You will need to do some more research on the internet about each case. You can also apply your own relevant workplace experience. (Professionals such as social workers, social service staffs, National society for prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC, health professionals). (390words)

Task 3: LO3 Understand working practice and strategies used to minimise abuse in health and social care contexts. What you must do:
One of the key functions of the Safeguarding Children’s Board is to ensure that there are multi-agency policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This includes dealing with allegations against people who work with children and the recruitment and selection of adults who work with children. There is a responsibility for agencies, groups and volunteers who are engaged in any work with children and their families, to have policies, systems and processes in place that support these multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

Safe working practices
working practice – Written and oral communication, use of ICT in sharing information between professionals, anti-oppressive practice, anti-discriminatory practice, thresholds, risk factors, risk predictions, framework of assessment, identifying children in need.
Strategies – partnerships working between professional and within organisations, decision-making processes and forums, safeguarding children boards, the ‘at risk’ register, area child protection committee, organisational policies and training.
3.1 In the first section of your report, you must explain what are existing working practices and strategies designed to minimise abuse in health and social care context using the case studies in LO2. (290words)
3.2 In the next section of your report you must evaluate the effectiveness of working practices and strategies used to minimise abuse in a health and social care setting using the case studies in LO2. (290 words)
3.3 Finally, in the next section of the report you must discuss what possible improvements to working practices and what strategies exist to minimise abuse in a health and social care setting using the case studies in LO2. (290 words)

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