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What is SOVA and why is awareness so important?

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is a sad fact that abuse does occur within the care sector, often to individuals who are already in a vulnerable position. Abuse needs to be properly identified, dealt with and prevented, which is where SOVA awareness training courses prove to be useful for care workers.

SOVA stands for Safeguarding Vulnerable People (formerly Protecting Vulnerable People, or POVA). It is a concept and a training course, designed to help care staff properly protect the people in their care.

If you work within the care sector, undertaking this kind of course is extremely important as it raises awareness of the main SOVA issues and explains how they can be dealt with using official policies and procedures.

On a typical SOVA awareness training course, you are likely to learn about:

• The many different types of abuse
• The signs and symptoms of abuse to look out for
• Who can be classified as a vulnerable adult, and what sort of behaviour makes someone an abuser
• How to deal with abuse once it is discovered
• Current legislation relating to abuse
• The correct abuse reporting and disclosure procedures to follow

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