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Question: Safeguarding and Protection of vulnerable adults.

Answer: Safeguarding and protection, although commonly used in the same manner, are two different concepts. The main difference is that Protection implies that decisions are made by health care professionals in the best interest of a person instead of allowing them to safeguard themselves and make choices as to the risks they take. If a person has capacity then they should be enabled to make choices and be enabled to safeguard themselves and make calculated risks.

A vulnerable adult is defined as an individual aged 18 or over who depends on others for assistance with respect to the basic functions or who has a severe impairment in the ability to communicate and therefore a reduced ability to protect themselves from assault, abuse, or neglect. The department of health’s definition of a vulnerable adult refers to a person who: may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Health and Social Care
  • Course: Health and Social Care
  • Level: Further Education
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2529
  • Date submitted: September 13, 2018
  • Date written: October, 2016
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8513

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