New law protects vulnerable adults
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the largest representational body for community care in England, has welcomed the implementation of the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) and the accompanying Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) Easements. The POVA scheme will give significantly greater protection to vulnerable adults than has previously been the case. Care providers will have a statutory duty to check that potential new care workers are not on the POVA list before allowing them to work in a care position. Care providers will also have a responsibility to refer care workers to the POVA list where such workers have harmed vulnerable adults in their care.