'Power of Entry' to protect vulnerable adults from abuse
- 18 Oct
More than 80 per cent of social care workers are in favour of a new ‘power of entry' so they can protect adults who they believe are at risk of abuse or neglect by family members or carers.
The College of Social Work (TCSW) carried out a survey which found 84 per cent of adult care social workers are in favour of a new ‘power of entry'.
Ninety-one per cent agreed that applying for and executing a warrant granting power of entry into a private household or private nursing home should only be undertaken by suitably experienced, trained and qualified social workers.
Bernard Walker, chair of TCSW's Adults Faculty, said:
Social workers have drawn parallels with other areas of social work practice, telling us that adult protection should be similar to child protection, where professionals must be allowed to see the individual alone, and if they are not granted access they have the legal power to ensure the visit takes place.
There is a safeguarding gap at the moment in the care of vulnerable adults which social workers, backed by powers of entry, could close. But it is a power that would only be used in cases of serious concern.
It is the view of The College that power of entry should be executed only by an appropriately trained and qualified social worker, acting independently in a situation where in their professional opinion they feel a vulnerable adult may be at risk of abuse or neglect.
Forty six per cent of those who took part in the survey said if they had power of entry they would have used it up to five times in the last two to three years; eight per cent said they would have used the power more than five times over the same period.
When asked in what circumstances they would like to see the power used, social workers cited vulnerable adults at risk of domestic abuse, trafficking or sexual exploitation, coercion by a family member or carer, or denial of access to their social worker.
Situations involving private nursing homes, where power of entry could also be used, and suspected ‘honour' based violence were also cited as ones in which the new powers would be beneficial.
TCSW's survey canvassed the opinion of social workers in drawing up its response to the Department of Health's consultation on new adult safeguarding powers.
Source: Care Home.co.uk
- 25 May
CARE HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY IN ENGLAND
Almost three fourth of 372 care homes rated inadequate in 2014 and still operating have improved.205 care homes have improved from a low rating to requiring improvement, 68 are now rated good and 99...
- 24 May
NHS ADJUSTMENTS TO BUDGET CUTS
NHS trusts which have been previously rated good or outstanding will not be inspected as frequently as before, but those rated as inadequate will be regularly visited by the CQC.The Guardian reports...
- 19 Mar
Government to inspect if housing can reduce NHS costs
In the Budget document the government have said it's looking at the ‘cost-effectiveness of options to integrate spending around some of the most vulnerable groups of people.' This includes...
- 15 Oct
End of life patients are lacking support
The charity has found that almost 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups do not provide round the clock telephone helplines, reports the BBC.Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone...
- 15 Sep
Social care is being limited due to council cuts
ADASS are warning that cuts are making the care system "unsustainable" with charities saying hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help, even though the government says councils have...
- 17 Jul
Young people should not be placed in B&Bs says MPs
The Commons Education Select Committee has said that B&B accommodation is "threatening and frightening" and should only be used in emergency situations reports the BBC.MPs say that young people...
- 16 Jul
Special measures system designed to improve failing care homes
A scheme similar to special measures of hospitals will be introduced for care homes and home care agencies next year, ministers will say, reports the BBC.This will cover 25,000 services and could...
- 14 Jul
Research says that one in three Alzheimer's cases can be prevented
The research says that the main risk factors of Alzheimer's is lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, reports the BBC. Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk...
- 10 Jul
NHS boss says those with vulnerabilities need joint health and care budget
Simon Stevens wants to see older people, those with disabilities and people with serious mental health problems given joint pots from the NHS and council-run social care services, reports the...
- 17 Jun
Council falters in reviewing autistic man’s care plan
According to Community Care:"The ruling was made by the Local Government Ombudsman after the man's mother complained that his physical and mental health deteriorated in the two-year period after...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "I thought this briefing was very good and very useful. The presentation was clear, well argued and I always find Michael gives me food for thought even if I don't agree with everything he says. I really like the way he facilitates a discussion in the room and I learn as much from other participants as I do from the presenter which is always good. Right length, right tone." R.P. - Richmond Fellowship