Care provider fined for exposing residents to risk of sexual harm

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A care provider has been fined £300,000 for failing to protect people in its care from a man with a history of sexual assaults. The provider was required to provide around the clock supervision of the man, because of his history of sexual abuse allegations.

The CQC brought the case and the judge found “there was a failure to provide appropriate care and a high level of culpability because the risks were well known to the company,” adding “there was a woefully inadequate system of care in place.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care, welcomed the judgement and said:-

“As the judge has made clear, the provider utterly failed in their duty of care for the people they were responsible for supporting. YY should never have been exposed to the potential of sexual abuse from XX and the impact on him and his family is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with them today.

“It has taken a long time to bring this prosecution to a conclusion but the outcome proves that it has been worth the effort and dedication of CQC’s inspection and legal teams. Providers should be clear that if people are exposed to harm through their failure of care we will take every step we can to hold them to account.”


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