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What practical steps can a social services department take to minimise the risk of abuse in care situations.

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TMA 05 28/07/02 Emma Tropman What practical steps can a social services department take to minimise the risk of abuse in care situations. To answer this question means to understand what is meant by abuse, it can mean different things to different people which makes it a very broad term. For social services to minimise the risk of abuse means they need a comprehensive understanding of abuse. Ideas of what is and isn't abusive evolve over time and is affected by culture, beliefs and social policy's .What was found to be acceptable a hundred years ago is know in some situations criminalised, for example corporal punishment in state schools. However a boundary has been drawn here but it does not necessarily reflect the public's opinion of what is abusive. An ICM poll done by the guardian (P.81 understanding health and social care) showed considerable support for corporal punishment.(Socolar and stein 1995 P.81 understanding health and social care) surveyed mothers attending two clinics. Three quarters believed it appropriate to smack children between the ages of one and three. ...read more.


If a person shows physical evidence of abuse it would seem that this would make it obviously abusive but should an agency necessarily intervene every time such a circumstance happens for example: a fight outside a pub could have been resolved by the time police arrive and the people in question may not want to press charges. Back to the question of intervention.' Brown and Stein1998 ( p76 understanding health and social care) developed a list to assist staff in evaluating seriousness .One of the things on the list that struck me as particularly valuable way of determining intervention was 'will it happen again if action is not taken.' if this can be determined then I believe this to be a key factor for intervention. The longer abuse occurs for the more psychological and long term damage occurs. Intervention must surely always be necessary if the person is vulnerable and unable to defend themselves. How to intervene and act in the most productive way depends on each individual case for some situations legal action can be taken where as in others it may be more effective to put support mechanisms in place. ...read more.


in exceptions which required written and agreed care plans .Boundaries policies and procedures are vital for attaining quality care but personally 'Vicky Golding's' guidelines seemed very impersonal and making care workers and social workers more anonymous completely clashes with their job roles. Care workers have to develop relationships with clients to create a better standard of living where interaction with people is made as comfortable and trusting as possible. For a client to disclose information they would surely have to be an element of trust. In my own circumstances as a residential social worker for vulnerable children I have found it invaluable that they should know an appropriate amount about me. To know what was appropriate though I needed guidelines, policies and procedures to give me an idea of what was and wasn't appropriate, although for most scenarios I have to use moral judgment .Morally I can call on my judgment and I think many cars have to use this as their main source of guidance. Then you are relying on organisations to employ and judge whether people are of a good moral standing. There are ways of achieving this to the best of their ability. ...read more.

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