Induction Standards for Northern Ireland

Standard 5: Recognise and respond to abuse and neglect: Understand how to respond to suspected abuse and neglect

There will be procedures in place to tell you exactly what to do in these circumstances. You should make sure you are familiar with them as this is as part of your duty of care. You need to know exactly what to do in your position and follow the procedures in your employer’s policy.

Look at the following resources:

Check your understanding

  • Create an easy reference list for yourself so that you know what to do in case of suspected or disclosed abuse. Check it with your supervisor to make sure you have got it right.

Did you know?

  • If you suspect abuse, even if you are unsure, it is better to report the situation than to ignore it.

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.

Ways to prevent abuse

The likelihood of abuse can be reduced by: working with person-centred values, promoting empowerment, managing risk, and prevention. Empowerment means letting people as far as possible, make their own decisions and be in charge of their own safety. Managing risk is a way of working that supports individuals to exercise choices and rights, recognising the balance between managing risk and enabling independence, choice and control.

Look at the following resources:

Check your understanding

  • How does working in a person-centred way help us to safeguard the people we care for?
  • Why is it important to make it easy for people you support to say what they think about the service?

Did you know?

  • Good communication and clear procedures help to reduce the risk of abuse. Effective supervision should give you the opportunity to think about this.

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.