Panorama’s shocking investigation into the treatment of adults with learning disabilities at a care home in Bristol highlights the increasing overreliance on unqualified, often poorly trained staff to look after the most vulnerable members of society.
Support workers are an essential part of the workforce, but only when properly trained and supervised. Apparently many of the employees at this home had only received around a week of on-the-job training, even if they had no previous social care experience. Why weren’t they being more closely supervised? Worryingly, the most serious abuse was apparently carried out by a senior member of staff.
This kind of practice needs to be stamped out now, because social care employers are increasingly reliant on unqualified staff to keep things going at a time of cuts.