Plea for rethink over security checks

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

Care home bodies have taken unprecedented joint action to plead with the Government for an urgent re-think on security clearance for care homes staff. Eight care associations, which between them represent more than 60 per cent of the country¹s care home capacity, are together pressing for new guidelines on when care homes employees can start work. Ministers and MPs arriving back at Westminster were greeted by a 20-page dossier on the implications of a decision by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) to withdraw the guidance they published in June 2002. That guidance introduced flexibilities which by-passed legal requirements, and allowed new workers to be employed while the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check was being carried out. Once the guidance is withdrawn on October 1, 2003, no new employee will be able to work in a care home until their CRB check has been completed. The associations are calling on the Government to instruct the National Care Standards Commission to revert to the interim guid

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