Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

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Principles of safeguarding and protection in Health and Social Care
Unit 204
Level 2
NDAQ number A/601/8574

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Know how to recognise signs of abuse

Definition of physical abuse
Physical abuse is non-accidental pain or injury inflicted on a service user by a health or care worker. This can include hitting, shaking, rough treatment or inappropriate use of restraint.

Definition of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse usually refers to any sexual activity that is unwanted and is inflicted by physical force or other methods of coercion such as threats or intimidation.
Definition of Emotional/Psychological Abuse This refers to the psychological or emotional exploitation of the relationship between a care worker/person and a service
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Signs and Symptoms of Institutional Abuse * geographical isolation * low/poor staffing levels * a lack of training * lack of leadership * lack of clinical governance
Signs and Symptoms of Neglect * Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration * Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores * Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes * Being left dirty or unbathed * Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather * Unsafe living conditions (no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring, other fire hazards) * Desertion from public place
Signs and Symptoms of Self Neglect * Living in very unclean, sometimes verminous, circumstances; * Hoarding large numbers of pets/objects; * Neglecting

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