Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.13, 2005, p.563-569
Adult placements are provided by individuals or families in the local community who share their homes on a temporary or long-term basis with people needing support to lead independent lives. However, carers fail to appear in social care workforce statistics and research in the field is lacking in England. This survey aimed to provide baseline data about the workforce, care provision, qualification levels, training and support issues, and recruitment and retention problems. Results suggested that the regulatory burdens imposed on adult placement carers by the Care Standards Act was leading to their leaving the sector altogether or cancelling their registrations and providing unofficial services. Recently agreed regulatory changes which shift to burden of regulation from individual carers to AP schemes should help to stop the flow.