SCIE press release

eLearning for staff working with adults at risk

29 January 2013

A new eLearning resource is launched today which will help any care workers, who look after others, to protect them from harm. The eLearning modules, from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) help those who can find themselves in those difficult situations, where they think someone they care for might be at risk or is actually being harmed in some way. They also provide invaluable training skills for working with someone who needs extra support and where their situation becomes critical, making them an "adult at risk".

SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe will launch the resource today at the Integrated health and social care conference in London. The resource gives a thorough overview of all aspects of adult safeguarding. It features five e-learning modules, with an introductory module, multi-media materials, including Social Care TV films, and a self-assessment test so that people who have completed the e-learning can evaluate their own learning.

SCIE's Interim Director of Adult Services, Patricia Kearney, says:

Safeguarding adults at risk can be complex but it doesn't have to be daunting. This eLearning resource breaks down some of this complexity into bite-sized chunks, so that caring staff are more able to be equipped with the confidence and training to know what to do. Robust safeguarding procedures need to be in place in all care settings, so that staff are supported. For instance, when a member of staff suspects that someone is being harmed, they need to know that their managers will take any suspicion seriously. The eLearning resource helps carers and managers to take the matter forward. We think it's a valuable contribution to helping to safeguard adults at risk and others who receive social care.

The resource explores a number of key questions, including:

The resource will be particularly helpful for social workers and social care staff, working in adult care and safeguarding services, who may need to supplement their existing skills on the issue, and to gain more confidence on what is the right thing to do in difficult situations. The eLearning materials are also invaluable for trainers working in adult social care.

The resource was created with the advice, source content, and subject expertise of Daphne McKenna, an experienced social worker who specialises in safeguarding children and adults.

Action on Elder AbuseChief Executive, Gary Fitzgerald says:

Action on Elder Abuse consider that this Adult safeguarding e-learning resource is a very valuable contribution to the increase of knowledge and understanding about adult abuse.


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