Abuse – recognising the signs and dealing with it

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

No one enjoys being humiliated in public. This is the very reason why people are taken to court and made to stand in the dock when they are accused of crime. Punishing convicted criminals is a process designed to humiliate people who have done wrong. Newspapers play their part by putting their pictures on the front page. What has this got to do with anyone working in a care home? The answer is that wrongdoing occurring at work is getting a great deal of attention nowadays. Particularly, if the victim is a “vulnerable adult”. A real life examples demonstrate the point: Residential care home – a reputable company set up bungalows for profoundly handicapped adults. Before long, some of the carers began mistreating the residents. At first, it was only acts of unkindness – swearing at the residents and suchlike. Gradually, their behaviour got worse. Eventually, one incident where a resident was slapped by a carer came to the attention of the police. The police enquiry grew from this one episode and culmina

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