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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2012): Social care - UK

Criminal care: ill treatment and wilful neglect

N. Allen

Elder Law Journal, vol. 2, 2012, p. 71-73

The criminal offences of ill-treatment and wilful neglect of vulnerable adults can be found in the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, punishable by up to five years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine. The Mental Health Act protects two groups of psychiatric patients while the Mental Capacity Act protects those of any age who are being cared for and who lack mental capacity. Prosecutions have so far been successfully brought against hands-on carers and care home owners and managers. Few, if any, hospital managers have been convicted.

Exploring parent abuse: building knowledge across disciplines

C. Hunter and J. Nixon (guest editors)

Social Policy and Society, vol. 11, 2012, p. 211-215

In the UK, the issue of parent abuse by teenage children remains one of the most unacknowledged and under-researched forms of family violence. This themed collection of articles seeks to begin breaking the 'veil of silence' that surrounds parent abuse both through a consideration of conceptual difficulties inherent in the issue and by analysis of research based evidence. The unifying focus of the collection is a shared exploration of the phenomenon of parent abuse across the interrelated domains of youth justice, child and family welfare, and domestic violence.

Regulating the quality and safety of health and adult social care

Public Accounts Committee

London: TSO, 2012 (House of Commons papers, session 2010/12; HC 1779)

The Committee heavily criticises the Care Quality Commission for failing to act on concerns about care home residents being abused by staff and for reducing the number of inspections in order to focus on registering organisations instead. Staff leaving the organisation were effectively gagged by being made to sign agreements containing confidentiality clauses, and a dedicated helpline for doctors and nurses wishing to raise concerns was scrapped. Information provided to the public about care home standards was found to be inadequate, and it has been impossible to compare services since the star ratings system was abandoned in 2010. The report raised serious concerns that the commission would not be equal to the task of registering 10,000 GP practices in 2012 as well as taking on the responsibilities of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

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