As the report into the Cornwall scandal showed, senior management can at times close their minds to the possibility that a culture of abuse can develop, says Ed Mitchell. But the legal consequences of such institutional complacency can be wide ranging for public bodies and the individuals involved. Here are some examples:
Proven misconduct is one of the grounds for removal from the social care register and it is an offence for people who are not registered to present themselves as a social worker.
The role of the care councils will become even more significant if the government agrees to the suggestion that the requirement to register should be rolled out to the entire social care workforce.
Ed Mitchell is a solicitor and consultant editor of the Journal of Social Housing Law