More than 800 undergraduate students have come together over four weeks during November 2010 to discuss the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in a series of conferences hosted by the Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning.
The conferences aim to educate final year students from health and social care about the practice of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as well as the importance of interprofessional working in protecting vulnerable people from harm.
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is extremely important as when news breaks of death from abuse the public response is often one of incredulity. In the case of Baby P, people were baffled that despite 60 contacts with professionals in the eight months before his death no-one realised the extent of the abuse he was enduring.
Throughout the day students used facilitator led group working to explore the roles and responsibilities of their professions and were also given the opportunity to feedback to a panel of safeguarding experts.
Mandatory training in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is an expectation of allregistered practitioners by NHS and Primary Care Trusts. This is supported by the regulatory bodies of the; General Social Care Council; Health Professions Council; General Medical Council; Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB.
The Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning aims to provide the foundation to future working in collaborative practice, providing the best care for patients. The key message of the day was that safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is every health and social care professionals business.
- A really valuable day. The expert panel were a really useful source of knowledge IPL should be applied to other areas of learning.
- A good, interesting, interactive day.
- Very much enjoyed the entire day. My interest in safeguarding has increased and I want to develop further knowledge into these areas.
- It has been very beneficial to interact with other professions highlighting the importance of liaising within the multi disciplinary team. Especially among students that will in fact be graduating at the same time thus working and communicating within health care at the same time. Almost the next generation of health care professionals. Thanks.
- It’s very enjoyable to get to interact with the other health care professionals, there should be more throughout the year.
- Many people aren’t fully sure of what pharmacists do, it was a great opportunity to educate others about this and help to build good relationships for the future.
Posted on Friday 22nd July 2011