adult safeguarding

Safeguarding In Adult Social Care: Harnessing A Runaway Train

During my time as a Solicitor at Ridouts I have been approached regularly by health and social care providers who are overwhelmed, frustrated or simply confused about complex safeguarding investigations. Processes to report and manage allegations and then fully investigate them are in place in order to protect vulnerable people. There are few that would …

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The Issue With Local Authorities And Safeguarding Concerns

At Ridouts, we are regularly contacted by providers in relation to issues that they are having with the Local Authority Safeguarding Team and Section 42 safeguarding enquiries. This article considers some of the issues that arise as a result of Local Authorities failing to understand their duties and remit under the Care Act 2014 and …

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NICE consultation document on Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) has been consulting on its ‘Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes’ guideline. The NICE guideline covers keeping adults in care homes safe from abuse and neglect. It includes potential indicators of abuse and neglect (by individuals and by organisations) and sets out the safeguarding process from identifying …

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NICE seek stakeholder views on Draft Guideline on Safeguarding Adults in Social Care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will shortly begin a consultation on their on its draft guideline on safeguarding adults in care homes. The consultation will begin on Thursday 3 September 2020. The project documents are online and available to view here. The guideline is intended to ensure that staff can raise safeguarding …

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NICE guidance on decision making and mental capacity

On 11 August 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) published a Quality Standard on ‘Decision making and mental capacity’ (Quality Standard [QS194]). Quality Standards are reviewed by NICE every August and have the aim of helping practitioners improve the quality of care they provide or commission. Quality Standards are endorsed by …

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50% of CQC inspections during the COVID-19 period were informed by whistleblowers – should you be reviewing your governance systems?

According to CQC’s board meeting minutes of 15 July 2020, 50% of CQC’s physical inspections were informed by whistleblowers during the COVID-19 period, which demonstrates that CQC is taking whistleblowing disclosures very seriously. The 15 July 2020 board meeting minutes also stated that “…In the month of May we completed seven inspections due to intelligence …

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Safeguarding referrals – to notify or not to notify the CQC?

All providers will (we hope) be familiar with safeguarding referrals. These need to be made to the relevant safeguarding authority when certain incidents, events, or near misses arise in the provision of care services. Many events which lead to safeguarding referrals also fall within the definition of what must be notified to the CQC as …

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What happens when a critical incident occurs at your care service?

When a major event occurs at a home, be it a death or a serious incident, there will be many authorities and bodies interested in what has happened, and what is happening, at the home.  This is likely to include the police, the CQC, commissioners, and the local authority in its safeguarding role.  Additionally, following …

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Managing safeguarding investigations – preserving your regulatory and reputational position – Caring Times October 2019

Safeguarding investigations can be incredibly stressful and difficult times for providers of health and social care services. Any allegations involving vulnerable people will always, and understandably, expose providers to intense scrutiny. Such investigations are very difficult to manage and can lead to revelations that health and social care providers have abused those they look after. …

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