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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LPS update: The removal of the Care Home Manager role & the draft regulations

On 16 July 2020, the Government announced that the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”) which were due to be implemented on 1 October 2020 would be delayed until April 2022. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (“MC(A)A 2019”), introduced the LPS to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”). The LPS will authorise deprivation of liberty …

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The CQC’s position on the use of restraint in learning disability hospitals

A report published on 22 October 2020 focuses on the use of restrictive practices and restraint in specialist hospitals which care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.  The report is critical of both providers who deliver care to these individuals and of the commissioners of care who fail to properly intervene prior to people’s …

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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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Update: The Liberty Protection Safeguards are now due to be implemented in April 2022

On 16 July 2020, the Government announced that the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”) which were due to be implemented on 1 October 2020 will be delayed. The Government is now aiming for full implementation of LPS by April 2022. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, which received Royal Assent in May 2019, introduced LPS to …

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Policies to introduce in light of Coronavirus guidance

Government guidance on Coronavirus changes frequently and it is important to ensure that your policies are up to date and in line with the latest guidance. The guidance should be considered in the context of your own service and your policies should be flexible, reviewed and updated regularly. I have referred to eight examples of …

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