Rules force carers to shun registration

    Less than a third of the 5,000 adult placement carers in England
    are registered with regulators, a new report reveals.

    Research by training body Topss England and the National
    Association of Adult Placement Services has found that only 1,597
    adult placement carers were registered with the National Care
    Standards Commission before it was subsumed into the Commission for
    Social Care Inspection in April.

    The figures, to be released next week, suggest most carers for
    adults with a learning or physical disability, mental health
    problem or age-related condition are limiting their support to
    non-personal care in order to stay outside the remit of national
    minimum standards.

    The report supports earlier anecdotal evidence connecting the
    burden of regulation for carers who are registered with declining
    numbers. It reveals that 441 carers cancelled their NCSC
    registration in the previous 12 months. One-third of these left
    local authority and independently run schemes altogether.

    In an attempt to address this, new government regulations, due for
    release this summer, will shift the focus of registration and
    inspection from individual carers to the 115 adult placement
    schemes, of which 86 per cent are run by local councils.

    – Adult Placement Counts available from 17 June at www.topssengland.net

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