Unit 10: Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

Unit code:               L/601/1600

QCF level:               QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value:          15


The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop an understanding of the factors of abuse, and study the working practices and strategies to reduce and prevent its occurrence.

Unit abstract

The unit enables learners to understand the different types of abuse that can occur within the community. Learners will study the signs of abuse and factors that can contribute towards individuals being vulnerable. This will be followed by identifying legislation and policies that are in place and how professionals work within the guidelines and professional standards to safeguard both practitioners and users of health and social care services.

Learners will consider the multi-agency approach and look at the strategies that are in place for all health and social care professionals to work together to minimise occurrences of abuse in health and social care contexts. Finally learners will consider the effectiveness of these working practices  and strategies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the factors that contribute to the incidence of abuse and harm to self and others
  2. Understand current legislation, policy and professional involvement regarding abuse in health and social care  contexts
  3. Understand working practice and strategies used to minimise abuse in health and social care contexts.