News Production Task: Home Care Agencies

Friday, 7 December 2012

Carers being found with criminal convictions has sparked concern that the vetting process is ineffective and should be more vigilant to ensure high quality care is provided for the elderly.

It has emerged today that one care agency has employed more than 23 carers with criminal convictions including assault and theft.

Retired care worker Vivienne Webster from St Ann’s said: “The elderly are most definitely in a vulnerable position but I don’t know what can be done to stop it.”

The 65-year-old expressed her concerns and said: “There is too many hierarchies in this business, too many people at the top and not enough at the bottom who know what is really happening.”

From previous experience she said: “You just end up getting snubbed, you tell them that someone is pinching from a patient but it is all red tape and nothing is done, the world is too politically correct these days.”

19-year-old Keeley Vaites from Lingmell Close had a differing opinion and said: “It depends on what the person has done wrong.”

The Subway worker’s own mother has previously been convicted for assault but Keeley feels she would be suitable to look after the elderly.

She believes that a person should just be given a fine as a criminal record stays with you forever and limits what you can do.

Retired teacher Joe Duffy believes the problem lies with what is happening in this country.

The 70-year-old said: "It is a problem and a half dealing with people’s privacy, as it becomes more difficult to expose their past it because at the end of the day it depends on a person's honesty.”

Ex care worker Craig Easty justifies the system and said:“If you commit a criminal offence you are sacked immediately."

The 22-year-old who worked at Lander Meads in Nottingham underwent a company paid CRB check before he was employed by them.

Homeless Andrew Jackson, 48, sympathised with the elderly victims and said: “Criminals looking after pensioners is disgusting.”

After more than 1000 allegations of abuse in the Midlands, the public plead for stricter regulations to be implemented and employers to select suitable staff.

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