No matter where we live in the world we all want to feel safe, secure and protected. Whatever our age, gender, colour, ability, religion or creed, we all want to feel valued, nurtured, loved and cared for. We all want to feel that we have something of value to share with others wherever we are in the world. Being safe, nurtured, valued and loved allows us to all bloom, flourish and grow. Everyone benefits from this.
The opposite of this is feeling unsafe, insecure, fearful, devalued, discarded and unlovable and this means we are vulnerable to abuse in its many forms. Becoming, or even being the victim of abuse, at any time in life is destructive to the entire being and can lead to shock, trauma and mental/emotional/spiritual break down.
Although it is possible to heal and recover from abuse there is a need for long term holistic, healing solutions. Prevention is always better than cure. And there are many examples of people who have sustained abuse in perhaps its most horrific forms and who have helped pave the way to the development of recovery models and solutions. But that is an entirely different type of course and requires a multi-disciplinary and holistic application to learning.
So this course aims to help individuals to do their part to prevent abuse...
Here in the UK vulnerable people and groups are protected under legislation known as the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. The Care Act 2014 addresses safeguarding vulnerable adults. No matter what the legislation the key issue is the protection and safety of vulnerable groups and people which encapsulates the young, elderly, the physically and mental disabled.
There are also other groups who are vulnerable to abuse; the homeless, the immigrant who can be subject to modern day slavery, and finally and quite importantly those who are experiencing domestic violence particularly pregnant woman.