Schemes take regulation burden from carers in adult placement law

    New national minimum standards for adult placement care will
    shift the burden of regulation from carers to local authority-run
    placement schemes, said the Department of Health in legislation
    published this week, writes Haroon
    Ashraf
    .

    The current regulatory process is seen as a burden by carers
    because it makes them accountable for tasks that are the
    responsibility of the schemes, said the Department.

    “By regulating adult placement schemes instead of carers,
    this will help to ensure that all schemes work to a good standard
    and promote the growth of this valuable service,” a
    Department spokeswoman told Community Care.

    The legislation, which will be enforced from August 31, should also
    boost the recruitment and retention of workers in a sector where
    26% of carers have left in the past 2 years, according to an
    assessment report accompanying the legislation.

    The National Association of Adult Placement Services (NAAPS) said,
    “Regulation of adult placement schemes is the most effective
    and fastest way of driving up standards … and provides best
    protection for service users.”

    The new rules will also ensure that all carers are assessed,
    selected, and trained to the same standards across the UK, said the
    Department.

    Traditionally adult placement carers have been supported, trained,
    and assessed by adult placement schemes — mostly run by local
    authorities. Services usually include care or support in the
    carer’s home, day services, or outreach support.

    In 2000, national minimum standards for carers were published in
    the care standards act.

    But if carers did not provide accommodation or personal care
    they were excluded from directive, which meant 3404 of 5001 carers
    were unregulated. The regulated carers found the registration and
    inspection regime of the new standards very burdensome, said the
    report.

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