Tuesday April 29, 2014

ADASS President David Pearson has condemned the abuse and mistreatment of  residents by staff in two private care homes due to be exposed by tonight’s BBC Panorama programme.

According to David Pearson: “These are rare events. The vast majority of people in our care homes are well cared for, nurtured and secure. It is important that we do not let isolated incidents undermine confidence in social care services. But where abuse of this nature is discovered it has to be eliminated.”

Both cases, he said, emphasise the importance of vigilantly safeguarding the wellbeing of residents, and of ensuring that whistleblowers are always carefully listened to, and protected. “Panorama has again drawn attention to the importance of sound management, and the importance of investing in the training and supervision of social care staff.”

He added: “social care services are trusted by the public to ensure that many thousands of people are cared for properly in secure, safe and stimulating environments. It is up to us, along with colleagues in the Care Quality Commission and in those companies who own and run the care homes we commission, to ensure that only the highest standards are applied so that the public’s trust is justified."

ENDS

For further information contact:
David Pearson, President, ADASS 0115 977 4636
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023 Mobile: 07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs. 
In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.