Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 5: Recognise and respond to abuse and neglect: Legislation, policies and procedures
You need to be aware of your own organisation’s policies and how they fit into the larger context. The government document Safeguarding vulnerable adults: regional adult protection policy & procedural guidance published in 2006 is the key policy reference for Northern Ireland.
In health and social care you may come across references to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) schemes. Locally you will have a Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership (LASP) with representatives from each of the main agencies with the task of overseeing safeguarding in the area. The health and social care trust in your area is the lead organisation.
In children’s services there is also a child protection policy and legislation to protect children. The regional Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland oversees developments to promote the safety of children.
When you started in your job, you had to undergo an Access NI check and provide references. Your employer will also check that you are not banned from working with vulnerable adults and children. Both these checks are carried out to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable people.
Look at the following resources:
- The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has a resource library which provides further information on safeguarding adults and explains the role of the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership and the Local Adult Safeguarding Partnerships.
- Ask your supervisor where you can find information about your local Safeguarding Board and what it does. It will probably provide training courses which include people from a range of different jobs.
Check your understanding
- Look through all the resources in this standard and check that you know what to do (and what not to do) if you suspect someone is being abused.
Did you know?
- If abuse is not challenged, it will continue.
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.