Abuse charity questions star ratings for two councils
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has welcomed the publication of council star ratings by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) showing growing improvement in social care services for the past two years. However the charity is concerned about recent serious abuse cases that do not appear to have impacted on the ratings issued.
AEA chief executive Gary FitzGerald said that, while the star ratings had been very positive and the ongoing improvement of local authority social care services was welcomed, his organisation was concerned about recent high profile cases of horrendous abuse involving two adults with learning disabilities and two older people did not appear to be reflected in the star ratings given to two authorities – Hounslow and and South Tyneside.
The Hounslow case involved two adults with learning disabilities and the South Tyneside case involved older people living in sheltered housing.
‘Both were high profile cases that had a real human impact and cost,’ said Mr FitzGerald.