Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Essay

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STUDENT ID: 21162896
MODULE TITLE: SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING VULNERABLE ADULTS.
MODULE CODE: NS40018/W
ESSAY TITLE: SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES WHO COME IN CONTACT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

The aim of this essay is primarily to identify and discuss the reasons for and factors contributing to the vulnerability of adults with learning disabilities who come in contact with the criminal justice system.
This essay will offer the rational for selecting this particular group and critically discuss their vulnerability. This essay will also discuss the factors that relate to their vulnerability as well as the impact this has on their overall health and wellbeing. This will be followed by discussions of
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(DoH 2011) The work of Borrill and West (2002) shows us that effective multi- agency teams are those that have clarity of, and commitment to, team objectives and fully involve all team members in the processes and activities of the team.
There are presently a lot of good examples of multi agency/disciplinary work being carried out all over the UK in response to recent legislation, Valuing People Now (2009 p.18) suggests ‘that as part of the offender management process there should be a health screening program that identifies an offender’s learning disability and any physical and/or mental health difficulties, it goes on to recommend that this should form the start of an individual’s Health Action Plan and there by enabling access to the appropriate education and rehabilitative programs that exist’( DoH, valuing people now 2009). Social workers play a central role in many multi-disciplinary partnerships. They are predominately the first point of interaction for the adult with learning disabilities, social workers are presently being trained as health facilitators and Appropriate Adults in supporting adults with learning disabilities to draw up Health Action Plans and making sure that the rights of the person with learning disabilities detained are respected and

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