All nurses, whatever setting, will encounter people who are at risk. Harrowing examples of abuse and neglect are frequently in the headlines and the nursing profession has a crucial responsibility to play in ensuring that vulnerable patients are cared for and safeguarded. This Second Edition answers all of the key questions including:
- What is neglect?
- What makes someone vulnerable?
- What role does safeguarding play?
- What does good safeguarding look like?
- Why can safeguarding fail?
- How can positive practice be developed?
- What are the professional and legal responsibilities facing nurses?
This helpful resource will improve readers’ understanding of the policy, practice, and research underpinning safeguarding, while also preparing them for their important role as an advocate for, and safeguarder of, the people in their care.
About the Author
Dr Robert Jenkins has recently retired as a principal lecturer, academic manager and member of the Unit for the Development in Intellectual Disabilities. He taught across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and was vulnerable person’s module manager for the MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Persons) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has undertaken a number of research studies regarding people with learning disabilities, particularly safeguarding and has published widely in this area. He is a registered learning disability nurse by background and proud grandfather of a young man with autism who continues to challenge his established views about this condition.
Table of Contents
IntroductionSafeguarding, vulnerability and abuse: Understanding the contextThe meanings of vulnerabilityEthical frameworks and principlesAbuse and neglectSafeguardingLegal and policy provisionsProfessional frameworksInterprofessional and interagency workingSafeguarding and researchPositive practice in a systems approach to safeguarding