Safeguarding Policy 4

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults -Guidance
Good working practice

In all our dealings with adults in our care the key word is RESPECT: respect for a person's dignity, life choices, privacy, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The following are some pointers (basically common sense/ good manners).

Listen attentively - older people especially love to relate their 'life story'.

Use person's preferred title eg Rev, Dr, Mr, Mrs,'Peter','Barbara' etc both in speaking directly to them and referring to them

Speak in a clear voice and maintain eye to eye contact.

Find out level of assistance that might be appreciated eg offering arm to help walking, feeding etc.

Before a home/ care home/ hospital visit find out as much information as possible about the persons specific needs.

Always ask approval/ permission before taking such action as praying together, reading from scripture etc.

NB For those exercising pastoral ministry of vulnerable people refer to Diocese of Gloucester'Policy for Safeguarding Adults.'

Recognising abuse
'Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons.'(Human Rights Act).
Abuse can take many different forms:

Physical abuse: Being hit or restrained or misuse of medication.

Sexual abuse: Being harassed, teased or touched in a way that the person does not like or being forced to have sex.

Neglect: Not getting the food, care or clothing needed.

Psychological abuse: Being bullied, threatened or verbally abused.

Discriminatory abuse: Being ridiculed or threatened because of race, gender, disability or age.

Financial abuse: Money or possession being stolen or used in a way that the person does not like.
Institutional abuse: Being mistreated by an organisation or person that is providing care.

Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and by anyone.
Facts about abuse, from The UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People. (2007)

40 per cent of people aged 66 and over living in private households (including sheltered housing) reported that they had experienced mistreatment during the past year.

51 per cent of mistreatment in the past year involved a spouse/partner; 49 per cent another family member; 13 per cent a care worker; 5 per cent a close friend (respondents could mention more than one person.)

The results of the survey indicated that abuse of older people increased with age, depression, loneliness, and declining health status.A much greater percentage of those living alone reported instances of mistreatment, compared with those who had social contact.

The most common form of mistreatment reported was neglect, followed by financial abuse, physical and psychological abuse and sexual abuse.

What to do in case of suspected abuse.
LISTEN; do not discuss with colleagues or friends or relations of alleged victim.
CONTACT as soon as possible: 
Mr John Lawrence (Appointed Person for Safeguarding Adults)
Canon Graham Morris (Vicar)

Contact details

The Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2AG

Tel: 01285 659317

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