There are key pieces of legislation in place that serve to
safeguard vulnerable individuals. For example, there are the following in place:

Care Act 2014 – this ensures care providers are
supporting individuals to create person-centred plans that promote inclusion,
social wellbeing and participation and meaningful activity. It supports them to
live fuller lives by ensuring they are accommodated in the most appropriate
housing with any facilities and aids they require. It ensures there are
policies and procedures are in place by
care providers to ensure individuals are safeguarded against abuse and harm as
well as neglectful care.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 came
about and ensures systems and tools such as the Disclosure and Barring Service
is in place to protect vulnerable individuals from being supported by
unsuitable people so vulnerable individuals are kept free from harm, abuse and

There is a clear-cut different between the
meaning of wilful neglect and ill treatment. Wilful neglect can be classed as
support staff who do not perform their duties to ensure vulnerable individuals
under their care are protected and safeguarded. Examples of this can be staff
members not responding to a service user that required urgent medical attention
such as if they was to fall and hurt themselves and needed medical help. On the
other hand, ill treatment is an offence and can be deliberately meaningful or
not intentionally  deliberate. An example
can include hitting a service user or even verbal abuse.

The Care Act 2014 is in place to safeguard
vulnerable individuals against being abused in any way such as financially,
emotionally, physically, psychologically, and so on. It also serves to outline
poor means of practice and poor care being delivered. In an example, if a
service was showing continued trends of medication errors, then the care team
would need to keep third parties involved such as Care Quality Commissioners, families
of the service user, and Adult Social Care. This is to try and maintain good
practice and work together to provide safer care to service users. This happens
because any means of poor practice and poor quality care can be identified,
reviewed and improved as soon as possible.  

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