Empowerment

What is empowerment?
Empowerment means giving individuals information and support so they make informed decisions and choices about their lives in order to live as idependantly as possible.
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Give examples of ways you can empower service users.
You could: give them individualised care; promote the users' dignity; enable users to express their needs and preferences; promote independance; provide support that is consistent to the users' beliefs, cultures and preferences; put them at the heart
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Why is empowering children different?
When it comes to empowerment, children need to be approached differently then an adult would. This is because the child may not understand what they being told or what they're expected to do. Therefore, pediatricians must change the way they explain.
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Give an example of how a pediatrician could empower a child.
By using language that is appropriate for the age of that child. This would empower them as it would help them understand things such as available treatments, etc. so they could make their own informed choices.
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What are rights?
Rights are the entitlements that everyone should recieve. People's rights are protected by the laws of the UK such as the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.
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Give examples of key rights.
Key rights are: dignity; independence; privacy; safety and security; equality; to be free from discrimination; to express needs and preferences.
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Give examples of empowerment in practice: Dignity.
This could be an act such as providing privacy for the patient who is using the bathroom in hospital.
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Give examples of empowerment in practice: Independence.
This could be an act such as allowing an older person to chose where they wish to live, either in their own home or a residential care setting. Or it could be supporting a person with learning disabilities so they can live independantly and safely.
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Give examples of empowerment in practice: Expressing needs and preferences.
This could be things such as supporting with choices about food, clothing, religious practice, etc.; chosing whether a user wants to be treated by a male or female practitioner; and supporting those who need extra help to express their needs/prefs.
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Give examples of empowerment in practice: Safety and security.
This could be acts such as: changing legislation; applying policies; encouraging training.
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Give example of empowerment in practice: Equality.
This could include acts such as fair allocations of budgets for provision of different services. Or accountability through local authority representation.
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Give examples of empowerment in practice: Freedom from discrimination.
This could be acts such as: registering complaints, investigating them and recieving feedback. Or official recognition of and investigations into abuse.
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Give examples of ways you can empower service users.

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You could: give them individualised care; promote the users' dignity; enable users to express their needs and preferences; promote independance; provide support that is consistent to the users' beliefs, cultures and preferences; put them at the heart

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Why is empowering children different?

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Give an example of how a pediatrician could empower a child.

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What are rights?

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