New Bill should curb abuse


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

The new Care Standards Bill proposes to set up a register of know abusers. Marion Witton says the legislation is an indication of the Government’s determination to prevent people with a record of abuse gaining renewed access to vulnerable people.. The Care Standards Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords, includes a chapter on the protection of vulnerable adults. It is heartening to see that the Government is making a public declaration, through this piece of legislation, that anyone who should not be near people who depend on others for their care, let alone work with them, should be stopped from doing so. The relevant clauses make it a requirement for persons who work with vulnerable adults to refer a care worker (or owner or manager as amended in the Bill) to the Secretary of State in certain circumstances. These include if the care worker has been, or would have been suspended or dismissed on the grounds of misconduct which harmed or placed a vulnerable adult at risk. The Secretary of State





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