This course is online and the start date is flexible
Duration 12 weeks
Distance LearningAdults Employers Part-Time
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Are you interested in making a meaningful contribution to the well-being of vulnerable adults in our society? This free online course is designed specifically for individuals seeking to prepare themselves for a rewarding career in adult social care. With an estimated 818,000 adults receiving publicly funded long-term social care and 224,000 episodes of short-term care in 2021/22 (according to the King's Fund), the need for skilled professionals in this field is evident. This free and fully online course, consisting of 9 units, will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in adult social care. Throughout the course, you will delve into crucial topics such as maintaining health and safety standards, effective communication strategies, respecting consent, and handling critical situations with confidence. By successfully completing this program, you will attain a Level 2 qualification in adult social care, demonstrating your expertise and commitment to ensuring that vulnerable adults receive the care they deserve.
Look at the importance of communication in adult social care settings, as well as confidentiality in these settings. Learn how to reduce barriers to communication and how to meet the communication needs, wishes and preferences of individuals being cared for.
Explore the requirements for good practice in adult social care roles and will look at how a personal development plan can contribute positively to an individuals learning and development. This unit also covers the learning activities that can be used to develop an individuals knowledge and skills.
This unit enables an understanding of the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in an adult social care setting. Learn how to work in an inclusive way and how to access information, advice and support about the key aspects of diversity, inclusion and discrimination.
Learn how to identify signs of abuse, respond to suspected or alleged abuse, reduce the likelihood of abuse, and recognise and report unsafe practices. This unit will also cover the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse.
Look at the implications of duty of care, and the support that is available for addressing dilemmas that may arise in relation to duty of care. Learn how to respond to complaints and how to work in line with agreed procedures for handling complaints.
This unit explores the different types of working relationships in social care settings and how important it is to work in partnership with others. This unit also covers the importance of working in ways that are agreed with the employer to ensure you are following workplace policy and procedures.
Look at different person-centred approaches for care and support in adult social care settings, how to implement person-centred approaches, the importance of consent when providing care or support for an individual and how to support individuals to make the right choices. Learn how to encourage active participation and how to promote an individuals well-being.
This unit explores the key aspects of health and safety in social care settings and covers the different roles and responsibilities for health and safety. Learn about risk assessments, the procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness, methods for reducing the spread of infection, techniques for moving and handling equipment and the principles of moving an individual safely. Look at hazardous substances, environmental safety procedures, stress management, the safe handling of medication and how to handle and store food safely in an adult social care setting.
Look at the need for secure handling of information in social care settings and the different ways of accessing support for handling information in social care settings.
You will be asked a series of eligibility questions upon enrolment.
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Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care