Course Profile

Course Profile: Safeguarding Older People (1 Day)
Our understanding of what is acceptable in terms of our treatment of Older People changes over time. Legislative demands as well as professional standards now ensure that those providing care and support have a base line of acceptable practice so that some of the gross abuse that existed in the past is less common today. Nevertheless, changing definitions of abuse now lead to us identifying more subtle and hidden abuse and recent reports highlight the need to be constantly vigilant. This course aims to help staff understand the history of abuse for older people and how this might replay in practice today. It likewise aims to help staff when dealing with issues of abuse.
The course is informed by The Dignity Do’s, RCN Guidelines, Age UK, The Care Act (2015). It supports the Social Care Commitment and should help the organisation meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
The Care Certificate: Standard 10
QCF:  HSC 024
MIS (2012): 8.1
The course is designed for health and social care workers working with Older People in all settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What is an ‘Older Adult at Risk’ and other related Definitions
  • How would we want to be treated if we were an Older Person at Risk
  • What is ‘Abuse’ and what would we consider to be abusive if we were ‘at risk’
  • What are the different types of abuse
  • The typical ways in which Older People are abused at home and in support services
  • The particular vulnerabilities of People with Dementia
  • Who are the abusers and in what situations abuse tends to take place
  • Why some people abuse; is this ‘normal’?
  • Recent reports and statistics
  • How we would recognise abuse-what we would observe
  • Everyone’s responsibility in the reporting of abuse and how to report – what the Policy says
  • The difficulty reporting a colleague or manager including our rights/protection and being Assertive
  • The Law, Sources and Guidelines for Good Practice
  • Avoiding abuse: What we can all do to create a respectful and valuing culture in the workplace
Training methods utilised include: Tutor Presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk, Visualisation, Handouts, Small & Larger Group Work, DVD