Course Profile

Course Profile: Abuse in Residential Settings (1 Day)
What is acceptable in terms of our treatment of people changes over time. Legislation and guidelines now prescribe a base line of acceptable practice so that some of the gross abuses that occurred within the large institutions is less common today. Nevertheless, changing definitions and perception of abuse now lead to us identifying more subtle and hidden abuse. This course, specifically for residential workers, aims to help them understand the history of abuse and how this might replay in practice today. It likewise aims to help them understand their responsibilities in promoting good practice and what to do when there is concern.

The course is informed by their organisation’s policies, ‘No Secrets’ (2000) and the CQC Code of Practice.
The course provides some knowledge for
CIS: 4.1; 5.1; 5.2; 6
QCF: HSC 024
The course is designed for all Health & Social Care Workers in residential settings.
The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcome 7.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• A range of definitions including ‘Good Practice’, ‘Ethics and values’, ‘Abuse’ etc
• The guidelines that inform our practice e.g. Code of Practice for Social Care Workers etc.
• The importance of being ‘abuse aware’, particularly in residential settings
• The different types of abuse as defined in ‘No Secrets’
• How abuse impacts on the person
• How these abuses tend to manifest in residential settings, overtly and with more subtlety
• Different ways in which abuse of vulnerable people can be masked
• How people were abused in institutions and how some continue in residential settings
• Other contexts where abuse might take place
• The difficulty in confronting abuse committed by colleagues
• The difficulty confronting abuse committed by senior staff and others e.g. family, doctors
• What can we do?
• Statistics demonstrating the incidence of abuse
• Avoiding abuse; what workers can do to promote respectful cultures
• Identifying the signs of abuse
• Responding to suspected or actual abuse
• The organisation’s reporting procedure
• The legal framework
Training methods utilised include Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, DVD, Group work, Practice scenarios, Handouts