The Care Act 2014 provides a framework for safeguarding adults from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding adults is everyone’s responsibility. Care providers must have in place clear policies and procedures reflecting the Care Act’s statutory guidance. Everyone who operates or works in the care sector should understand and follow these procedures.
All care home operators and staff should be trained in their responsibilities for reporting and recording concerns about abuse or neglect. All care homes must have a whistleblowing policy to guide staff in raising concerns, where they feel it is unsafe to do so internally or where a concern has been ignored.
Our Healthcare team has considerable experience in advising on safeguarding matters. Where a care provider is subject to a local authority safeguarding investigation this can be very distressing for all involved. There is not only the potential for business and reputational damage, such investigations also adversely impact on staff morale.
We provide legal representation to care homes subject to safeguarding investigations to ensure that your interests are properly represented and that the investigation is fundamentally fair. Our Healthcare team can also assist in the drafting of policies which comply with your statutory responsibilities. We can also provide training to your staff on the implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures.
If you require any further information, Kathryn Riddell or one of our team of healthcare specialist lawyers would be pleased to talk through your requirements and answer any questions. Please contact us at any time.