How good is safeguarding in care homes and how can it improve? Give us your views

Enter a draw to win a Kindle Fire by answering our survey

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‘Care home ‘had unsafe staffing’ (BBC News); ‘Fresh care home abuse claims’ (ITV); ‘I raised fears over care home 10 years ago’ (The Scotsman).

These stories date from the past 11 days. They are among the latest in a string of press reports on safeguarding failings in care homes in the UK. But how true is the picture created by these stories about the quality and safety of residential or nursing home care?

Today we launch a survey – sponsored by the disability care and support provider CareTech – to find an answer to this question.

We want to understand what social care professionals think about the complex system of practice, management, commissioning, regulation and monitoring that constitutes safeguarding. What is it that drives good practice and prevents bad in areas such as medication management, responding to “challenging behaviour” or supporting residents to take decisions for themselves.

We want to hear from people working in care homes as well as those who inspect them, place people in them, advocate for residents or investigate safeguarding issues raised in them, across the UK. All respondents can enter our prize draw to win a Kindle Fire HD tablet.

The survey closes on Tuesday 22 October at 1pm. Please give us your views.

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