Are our vulnerable residents safe? Maybe not!

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    Council Watcher

    Having read the report about a Council meeting it is quite clear that some of our most vulnerable residents could be at risk from staff who have not ben DBS (Police ) checked in residential homes and domiciliary care. The report shockingly states that 19% of staff do not have the relevant checks in place. Besides no DBS in place, some staff don’t have any references. A similar situation shows up about staff with no training.

    This could equate to approx 200 who are not checked and do not hold qualifications.

    It appears that the Council are also not stipulating in contracts with these providers the maximum that they can charge in ‘top-up’ fees. Yes, it is a private free market but when the Co; until are paying the largest portion of fees should they not then be able to control the overall charge by imposing limits- if a provider exceeds these limits then their service should no longer be used.

    AMA Express
    AMA Express

    The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a non-departmental public body of the Home Office of the United Kingdom. As such, it isn’t run by the Police.

    A DBS check only confirms that there are no recorded current or spent convictions.

    If you want to take the cynical view, a DBS check only means that the subject hasn’t yet been caught and convicted of any offences.

    Read this for further information about the DBS

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