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Identify and apply relevant safeguarding legislation, policies, and guidelines to action safeguarding concerns within health and social care contexts
Module Name: Safeguarding in Practice Academic Year: 2023-24
Assessment Period: Trimester 1
Assessment code and title:
PR1 – Practical application to a safeguarding scenario
Assessed Learning Outcomes:
C – Identify and apply relevant safeguarding legislation, policies, and guidelines to action safeguarding concerns within health and social care contexts
E – Perform co-operatively and function effectively in groups to actively meet specified objectives and develop strategies to improve teamworking skills
7 minutes per student
Assessment date and time:
You must check the module VLE page for the exact date and time of your presentation. This will be published no later than Friday of teaching week 6.
Other key information:
This is a group assessment.
You are going to apply your learning to a safeguarding scenario and present in a simulated multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meeting accordingly.
Each team will consist of a maximum of 3 members.
Presentations will take place in person, and will be recorded for the purpose of moderation.
Arrive 10 minutes early, prior to your scheduled time slot.
It is optional whether you want to prepare PowerPoint slides for the meeting, but if you do so, please submit an electronic copy of slides to your tutor prior to the presentation, and use the classroom’s computer to load your slides to make sure everything is working fine.
Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on the assessment task.
The Assessment Task:
This is a practical application task of attending a simulated MDT meeting. The scenario below will be addressed. Ensure that where required, you directly address the issues outlined in the case. The tasks are listed at the end of the scenario.
Peter is 68. He has been a heavy drinker most of his life and was recently diagnosed with Korsakoff’s syndrome. He has a close group of friends that come around to his rented flat and drink. His brother died from cirrhosis of the liver. Peter has one nephew, Jon, who visits occasionally, but lives three hours away and has a young family. It was Jon who asked the GP to visit, which then led to Peter’s diagnosis. The GP considered that Peter should move to a care home. He said the flat was filthy and that Peter’s ‘so-called’ friends are encouraging him to drink himself to death. Peter refuses to leave his home.
A community psychiatric nurse, Jackie, has been allocated to work with Peter. Initially, Peter
refused to let her in as he was worried that she would: ‘put me away, like what happened to my Dad’. Gradually, Jackie befriended Peter. It seems that Peter, as well as funding the drinking with his friends, has also been lending them money. He can’t remember how much he has spent but says it doesn’t matter as they are friends. Peter is underweight and there is not much food in the flat, but Peter says he prefers a ‘liquid lunch’. His flat is cold
and he tells Jackie that he cannot afford to have the heating on. When Jackie asks him how much money he has, Peter shrugs and says he doesn’t know.
End of Scenario.
Group Practical Task:
Each team will consist of a maximum of 3 members. All team members should read the case study. It is up to you whether or not to prepare PowerPoint slides
Each member of the group, in turn, must speak for up to 7 consecutive minutes. All students will be stopped at 7 minutes by the assessor, if you exceed the time. Each member should be prepared for questions and discussion at the end of the initial presentation.
You are a team of social care professionals contributing to the MDT, that has been asked to make enquiries and support Peter. From your investigation, you note that the key safeguarding interventions to choose from are:
Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)
Family Group Conferences (FGC)
Positive Risk Taking (PRT)
Each team member should identify a
different safeguarding intervention (selected from the four interventions listed above) that are empowering and review how these interventions would work with this person. As a team, you should consider how the chosen interventions can be used well together, in order to promote a positive experience and outcome for the person at risk.
For each of your selected safeguarding interventions:
Describe the safeguarding intervention.
Justify your reasons for using the safeguarding intervention drawing on relevant legislation, policies, and guidelines.
Apply the safeguarding intervention to the scenario, drawing on relevant legislation, policies, and guidelines to discuss how you would use the care intervention with this person at risk.
Guidance on Completing the Task:
Ensure you consider the requirement of the
Care Act 2014 for safeguarding interventions to be user- led – it is an example of using best practice. Apart from describing the intervention, justifying the reasons, and applying to the scenario, try to outline the problems that may be encountered by professionals when they work in this way, including any valid criticisms of these interventions.
According to a safeguarding report by Preston in 2012, using an advocate is essential if the client lacks capacity, however, there is a shortage of trained advocates, locating independent advocates who have the time available to work in a meaningful way with people, over an extended period, is difficult in many local authorities. Beresford’s research in 2016 on advocacy in London shows only 1 in 7 adults at risk of abuse, who requested an advocate, were provided with an advocate within 6 months of the request being made
Hints and Tips on Individual/Group Presenting at the MDT:
- Practise your presentation individually and as a group, so you are comfortable with delivery to avoid reading from a script.
- Be clear and audible/project voice to ensure your sound is clear and your audience can hear you.
- Ensure team-working is evident during your presentation and be supportive of each other.
- Ensure you listen to the contributions of others within your team, so that you are able to contribute to the MDT discussion questions.
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
C. Identify and apply relevant safeguarding legislation, policies, and guidelines to action safeguarding concerns within health and social care contexts
(Individual mark 50%)
E. Perform co-operatively and function effectively in groups to actively meet specified objectives and develop strategies to improve teamworking skills
(Individual mark 50%) Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Unless this is a group assessment, the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. For the avoidance of doubt this means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted. Identify and apply relevant safeguarding legislation, policies, and guidelines to action safeguarding concerns within health and social care contexts
For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s
Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. You will also find useful resources on the VLE: Referencing and Academic Integrity page. N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.
No extensions are available for this assessment.
For full details please refer to the
Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits. Mitigating Circumstances
For guidance on mitigating circumstances please go to
Mitigating Circumstances where you will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application.
Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.
This is what you will be marked against. You need to check it regularly against your work to ensure you are on the right track.
Learning Outcome (LO)
UONL Learning Outcomes – Level 5
Work that is
distinguished is of very high quality, with a broad knowledge base and demonstrates a sustained ability to analyse key aspects of the assessment tasks.
commendable quality demonstrating a strong conceptual grasp of assessment tasks in relation to learning outcomes.
Work that is of
sound quality, demonstrating a good understanding of learning outcomes which is sufficient and appropriate to the task or activity.
Work of a
broadly satisfactory quality demonstrates evidence of achieving the requirements of the learning outcomes.
falls short of the threshold standards. Work addresses the assessment task to some extent but overall is limited in its approach and is outweighed by major deficiencies in the work.
LO: C. Identify and apply relevant safeguarding legislation, policies, and guidelines to action safeguarding concerns within health and social care contexts
(Individual mark 50%)
Excellent rationale for choice of intervention, demonstrating an excellent evaluation and understanding of the application of the intervention. Excellent synthesis of the type of abuse, legislation, policies, and guidelines in relation to the intervention and the person at risk. Demonstrates excellent depth of analysis which is amply supported by evidence. Excellent originality of thought, able to hypothesis about the ideology and where the legislation maybe leading.
Substantial exploration and critical analyses of the legislation, policies, and guidelines. The student applies the information to the case study, with rationale for intervention, which is sympathetically applied. Good understanding of the type of abuse and its implications for the person at risk.
Demonstrates some autonomy of thought and provides a good level of detail.
Satisfactory exploration and analysis of the issues connected with the abuse.
Analysis of issues includes reasonable level of detail connected with the intervention chosen, in relation to the abuse, legislation, policies, and guidelines. There is limited rationale and critical analysis. The communication is reasonably clear and complex ideas are being conveyed.
Basic knowledge of abuse and the action to take when abuse is identified with some errors and omissions about what constitutes abuse and the correct legislation, policies, and guidelines to use. Some general application of legislation and some application to the case study. Limited rationale and/or critique, with little supporting evidence.
Inaccurate identification of the type of abuse and poor knowledge of the legislation.
Key safeguarding issues missed. Lacks discussion of why this intervention is being used.
LO: E. Perform co- operatively and function effectively in groups to actively meet specified objectives and develop strategies to improve teamworking skills
(Individual mark 50%)
Excellent evidence of teamworking skills. Excellent co-operation with team members. Competent use of communication skills as a team in presentation.
Substantial evidence of teamworking skills. Good co-operation with team
members. Substantial use of communication skills as a team in presentation.
Satisfactory evidence of teamworking skills.
Satisfactory co-operation with team members and use of communication skills as a team in presentation.
Basic evidence of teamworking skills. Some co-operation with team members and occasional use of communication skills as a team in presentation.
Little evidence of teamworking skills. Major problems with co-operation with team members. Little evidence of use of communication skills as a team in presentation/