Safeguarding in Practice Essay Question

Safeguarding in Practice MOD005913 Essay Question

Complete the safeguarding enquiry form 42, basing your response on the following scenario. The form should be completed as fully as possible, using the boxes and free texts spaces provided. You should then answer the three questions at the end of the form. The section 42 form and answers to the question.


Lenny Shetland was born on 23/8/1990. His parents died in a car crash when he was 18. Lenny was an only child and received a significant inheritance. He became very depressed and suicidal and was admitted compulsorily to a psychiatric unit. He has always had mood swings, but he was not diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder until he was 26. This followed a manic phase in which he gave away his car and £2000. Following this incident, his boyfriend, Craig left him. He now lives in a three bedroom flat at 14d, Clover Street, Greenwich.

Since then he has felt increasingly isolated. Most of his friends were also Craig’s friends and they seem to have sided with Craig. He has weekly visits from a support worker, Chrissie, who is trying to encourage him to socialise and maintain the computing course he has enrolled on. Since then, he met Niall Paulton on a dating app. Lenny considered that he had met his soul mate. He admits that Niall has expensive tastes and is always wanting Lenny to buy him things.

Recently when Chrissie visited, she found that Lenny would not really engage with her. He has lost weight and has not been washing or changing his clothes. He was pre-occupied with working on the computer. Initially she thought it was on college work, but Lenny told her in an animated manner that Niall thought Lenny was a natural programmer and they had now gone into business together. Niall is using his connections to get the Page 3 of 12 company going and Lenny is putting up the capital they need. Chrissie asks how much money Lenny has given Niall and Lenny says £2000, but Niall has told him he will need much more. Lenny is very excited by the new venture.

Subsequently, Lenny seems increasingly agitated and distracted. Lenny has been focused on writing programmes, but informs Chrissie that Niall keeps saying that it is not good enough. He told Lenny that he is a real disappointment and that he needs to ‘step up’. Lenny states that Niall has started shouting at him, telling him he ‘stinks’ and is ‘lazy’ and ‘stupid’. Every time Lenny gets the programming wrong, Niall needs more money to keep possible buyers interested. Lenny states that Niall recently shook Lenny and told him to get a grip. Lenny is frantic to get the programming right.
Chrissie asks you, as her manager, to visit Lenny with her. Lenny is not sleeping and looks very tired. He cannot keep still whilst you speak with him and seems extremely distracted. His speech seems pressured and he jumps about from one subject to another unconnected one, making it hard to follow him.

End of Scenario

Task 1

You are a Health Care Manager. You have visited Lenny, who you think is at risk of abuse.

Complete a safeguarding enquiry (section 42) form, based on your concerns about Lenny and the information provided within the scenario.

Task 2

What category of abuse is placing Lenny at most risk? Draw on the evidence and legislation in your discussion, to identify the best way to intervene with this form of abuse in this situation.

Task 3

Provide your rationale for your assessment of Lenny’s mental capacity. What are the implications of your decision for how you would work with the person at risk?

Task 4

Demonstrate how you would apply Making Safeguarding Personal with Lenny.

Your answers to tasks 1-4 should all be included on the section 42 form


Essay Criteria 

Task 1

In your section 42 form:

Analyse what, if any, abuse is taking place.

Include information about why the person(s) may be eligible for safeguarding support.

The assessment should be based on adult at risk’s wishes.

Explain action that has been taken and the actions to be taken. (25 marks total)

Task 2

Provide reasons, drawing from the literature and the case study detail, for why you consider the specified category of abuse is placing this individual most at risk.

Drawing on the legislation and literature, identify effective, evidence-based interventions for that form of abuse.

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of using the interventions with this specific person. (500 words max) (25 marks)

Task 3

Use the Mental Capacity test, guiding principles and code of practice from the mental capacity legislation to justify why you think this person at risk has or does not have mental capacity.

Identify how this assessment would impact on your future work with the person at risk. (500 words max) (25 marks)

Task 4

Given your answers to the section 42 form and your answers to tasks 1-3, explain how you would work with this person at risk using the Making Safeguarding Personal approach.

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