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 Once the guidance is withdrawn on October 1, 2003, no new employee will be able to work in a care home until their CRB check has been completed.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





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

A weary sense of deja vu

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

So we are to be favoured with a Green Paper sometime next summer.

Theresa May’s insistence on the importance of an...

It’s a hard, hard world

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

A recent survey has found that 63% of the general public believe the NHS provides social care and 42% think...

Sign-up and pay, or perhaps pay more

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There are powerful arguments why carers working at night in small specialist care facilities should be paid their full hourly...