SCIE media statement

Panorama programme about abuse in care home – SCIE response

24 April 2012

SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:

Maria Worroll deserves the best possible care, as does everyone who lives in a care home. The images we saw last night on Panorama were shocking and criminal. Protecting adults at risk is an issue that needs to be taken seriously and these revelations do much to undermine the great examples of good work that occur every day in care homes, with home care services and in day centres. Older people who live in care homes deserve dignity and respect; staff and managers need to be responsive to family concerns. Despite the programme’s revelations, we know that quality services can be provided and are being provided by dedicated staff. But much more needs to be done to provide this quality of care consistently.

At SCIE we have a raft of materials and training that can help staff and managers in social care and other organisations to protect adults at risk. For instance, one of the Social Care TV films we have produced shows how, by building relationships, establishing trust and by having the right policies and procedures in place, relatives are given the reassurance that their loved-ones are safe.


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