Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Abuse of Older People Policy

Name/Title

Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Abuse of Older People Policy (PDF)

Document ID

TS4KSNFPVEZQ-89-1681

Current from

23/08/2022

Coverage

WACHS

Policy Type

Policy

Summary

Abuse of an older person is a violation of basic human rights and in addition abuse is likely to be inconsistent with other legal obligations. Every person has a right to live safely and without fear of abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation. Older adults can be at increased risk of abuse because of vulnerabilities in their physical or mental health, or their financial or social circumstances. The aim of this policy is to: - inform staff and volunteers how to identify an older person who may be at risk of, or experiencing abuse - educate all staff and volunteers on how to prevent or reduce the incidence of abuse of the older person - provide clear role expectations of staff and volunteers in how to respond to alleged abuse - ensure consistent minimum standards for WACHS senior clinicians and line managers with regard to responding to disclosures of alleged abuse of the older person - achieve an integrated and standardised approach to the management of abuse of the older person, while respecting the rights of older people to make their own decisions.

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