Actions that can be part of protection plans
A protection plan is usually made up of several actions from different parts of this list as well as others specific to the situation.
Actions to reduce risk of abuse from individuals
Actions in relation to alleged perpetrator
Any person posing risk
- Report criminal offences to the Police
- Bail conditions restraining contact or behaviour
- Application for a court order e.g. restraining contact or behaviour or an anti-social behaviour order
- Application for a civil order e.g. an injunction restraining contact or behaviour
- Access to programs for supporting behaviour change e.g. to end domestic violence, drug abuse or gambling
- Meet with the perpetrator to feed back the results of the risk assessment and to negotiate changes they should make
- Hazard warning placed on their name in organisation’s data bases.
- Application to the Court of Protection to change Continuing or Enduring or Finance and property Lasting Power of Attorney - or Receivership
- Application to Department of Work and Pensions to change appointee
- Agreement with bank, post office or building society about arrangements for withdrawals.
Abuse of position of decision maker for person
Alleged abuse by a member of staff or a volunteer:
- Disciplinary procedure including:
- Suspension pending investigation
- Allocated work in area with no direct contact with service users
- Provisional referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (by an employer or by Care Quality Commission of a manager or provider)
- Referral to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (phased implementation of Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006)
- Disciplinary hearing
- Increased training and supervision
- Report to professional body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)/General Social Care Council (GSCC).
- Consider suspension from membership of professional body
- Suspension from membership of professional body
- Deregistration as a fit manager of a registered care setting by Care Quality Commission
- Increased training and supervision.
Abuse by a carer:
- Carry out a Carer’s Assessment
- Provide support, training and information to carers to improve the care they are able to offer
- Provide alternative carer or respite care
- Change the care provided to the individual to decrease carer stress and contact with the person at risk.
Abuse by another service user:
- Increased supervision/guidance of the other service user
- Increased observation and appropriate interventions to prevent abusive behaviour by other service users
- Change the service provided to a service user so that they do not cause a risk to other people
- Service user moved to a different service where they will not pose a risk.
Actions in relation to a person at risk:
Protecting a person in their own home:
- Change door locks and increased home security
- Create a safe haven within the home
- Increase visits and contact by friends, family and workers
- Install Police alarm, panic alarm or use of “Careline” or new telephone
- Use Cocoon watch.
Getting away from the abuse:
- Have an emergency safety plan
- Increase time in another location - home of friend or family, resource centre or respite care
- Place of safety - e.g. women’s refuge or respite care
- Preventing a forced marriage - Forced Marriage Unit
- Leaving forced prostitution Streets and Lanes
Support to stay safe:
- Support services
- Services which improve self-esteem and confidence e.g. survivors’ support groups
- Activities that increase a person’s ability to protect themselves e.g. self defence or assertiveness classes
- Counselling and therapeutic services.
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