Commissioning care homes: common safeguarding challenges

Underlying causes – Training

Care home staff often receive only minimal training in line with statutory requirements. This is of course related to resources, but a lack of investment in staff is likely to be costly in the long run due to increased turnover and recruitment costs.

It is also the case that when staff are trained individually by being sent on a course they find it hard to change their practice on returning to work because of the culture, environment and peer pressure. It is often wiser and more economical to provide training to the staff as a team so that they can support each other to implement changes.

Prevention checklist