Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 5: Recognise and respond to abuse and neglect: Understand the nature of abuse and neglect
Abuse can happen in any context and takes many forms, some of which may not be obvious. As a care worker, you are in a position where you might see evidence of abuse or be told by someone that they have been abused. You need to clearly understand what you need to do, as well as what you must not do. You also need to be aware that some of the things you might want to do with a person you support could be seen as abusive, even if you did not mean them to be so.
If you are employed directly to support someone in their own home, you will need to consider how this standard applies to you.
Look at the following resources:
- SCIE has produced videos about Safeguarding Adults which will help you understand the importance of this in your work.
Check your understanding
- Go to SCIE's resource on Adult Safeguarding. Look at the section: Identifying people at risk of abuse. See if you can identify factors associated with abuse.
Did you know?
- Adult abuse is one of the hidden secrets in our society. What is your personal view 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.