Jun 17

Let's make safeguarding everyone's business this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and we want to support all social care workers to uphold the safety and dignity of the elders that they care for.

Enabling people who access care and support to live free from harm, abuse and neglect is fundamental to providing high quality social and health care.

If you’re an employer, legislation such as the Care Act means you need to develop your workforce and have processes in place to prevent abuse and safeguard adults at risk.

In support of the day, we’re launching our new What do I need to know about adult safeguarding: key questions for workers in adult social care pocket sized key cards to support learning and development around adult safeguarding. Workers can complete the cards as part of induction, ongoing learning and development or team meetings, and there’s a supporting guide to go with it. You can download them from our website, or pre-order your free paper copies by emailing us.

This WEAAD let’s make safeguarding everyone’s business and ensure anyone who has any contact with your service knows from day one what to do if they suspect someone is being abused or neglected.

Here are some of the ways you could do this.

  1. Make sure safety and quality are included in the statement of purpose or mission statement of your organisation, and let staff know that you want to hear about any concerns they have.

  2. Recruit people with the right values and behaviours that match your organisational values. This will help you ensure that your workforce has the right attitude to meet your statement of purpose. Our recruiting for values and behaviours toolkit has lots of guidance, checklists and templates to help you recruit and retain people who are the right fit for social care and your organisation.

  3. Include references to safeguarding in all of your marketing materials, including your website or customer welcome pack, so that people who access care and support and their relatives understand how they can raise any concerns and feedback on the care they receive.

    They should also know what to do if they think the person they’ve reported concerns to is not appearing to take adequate action. This is called ‘Whistleblowing’ and you should make your whistleblowing policy available to everyone involved in your service.

  4. Make sure safeguarding is effectively covered in induction. Standard 10 of the Care Certificate explores more about safeguarding adults in social care, and we recommend using the Care Certificate as part of induction for all new care workers.

  5.  Include safeguarding in the ongoing learning and development of your staff. Safeguarding isn’t just about recognising the signs of abuse and knowing what to do, but also about developing the professional confidence to apply judgement in everyday situations. You can find safeguarding training delivered by our endorsed providers on our online search.

We’ve also put together a list of useful resources and guidance from across the sector in our Safeguarding route planner, to answer some of the key questions employers ask about safeguarding.

You can also read more about safeguarding in adult social care on our website