Abusers to be banned from workforce

A workforce ban on people who have harmed vulnerable adults will
be introduced in June, the government has announced,
writes Natasha Salari.

Care providers will not be able to employ people on the
Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) list in the government
crackdown on the abuse of older people in care homes and
domiciliary care settings.

People who know their names are on the POVA list, but who try to
get employment in a care position, will also face criminal charges
and a possible prison sentence.

Launching a consultation on draft guidance to help care
providers implement the POVA list, health minister Stephen Ladyman
said: “There will be no hiding place in the care system for
people who abuse or mistreat vulnerable adults.”

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