National Minimum Standards and employment agencies

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

|By LESLEY BELL, chair, Joint Advisory Group of Domiciliary Care Associations. Director Initiatives in Care, Email: lesley@initiativesin| When the National Minimum Standards for Domiciliary Care were published it was found that employment agencies, were exempt from some standards or parts of standards. These are agencies which do not directly employ the carers themselves, but act as an “introduction agency” introducing the carer to the person needing care ­ who then becomes the direct employer of the carer. Their exemption was on the basis that they were not therefore in a position to enforce or monitor compliance with the standards. However employment agencies ­ in the vast majority of cases ­ are introducing carers who will “live-in” 24 hours a day. This potentially makes the person receiving the care even more vulnerable to various forms of abuse and exploitation. Exemption from some of the standards has raised a number of anomalies. There are some standards from which employment agencies are

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