When a major unexpected event occurs at a home there may be many authorities and bodies interested in what has happened, and what is happening, at the Home.
If warranted, the Police may start an investigation into a death or a serious incident, such as an allegation of abuse. Police investigations takes priority over other authorities, but homes may still face scrutiny from CQC, Local Authorities and the Coroner.
Such investigations can be confusing, concerning, demand a lot of provider’s time and impact the day- to-day running of a service.
Offences the police may investigate include:
Prosecutions for such offences can result in prison sentences; unlimited fines and an inability to work in the sector again.
It is important to understand how such investigations can impact your business but also how best to handle them if they do occur.