P4a: In this part of the assignment i have been asked to outline and give the main points of all the key points of all legislation and regulations which govern safeguarding adults work.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
The main points of this act, is that it:
* Requires people who work with children and vulnerable adults to be registered
* The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) are to be responsible for deciding who should be barred from working with the vulnerable
* The Vetting and Barring Scheme will check on individuals suitability to work with vulnerable people
This applies to those who are employed and volunteers alike. There are separate but linked Barred lists for those who work with children and adults and checks must take place before an individual can work with the vulnerable.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
* Enables some convictions to be ‘spent’ or ignored after a period of rehabilitation or non-offending
All health and care employment is usually exempt from this act and requires full disclosure of any previous offences.
The Police Act 1997
* Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, under this act, are the norm in health and care organisations
The CRB will work closely with ISA to ensure that a more detailed check is carried out.
The Sexual Offences Act 1976
* Created the Sex Offenders Register for identification and tracking purposes
This enables sex offenders to be monitored and vulnerable people to be protected
Care Standards Act 2000
* Set National Minimum Standards’ accommodation, services and good workplace practice in the care and protection of vulnerable people
Established the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) Scheme that checked suitability of care workers. It identified professionals who had harmed individuals using service. It has been replaced by the ISA’s barred list.
Care Homes for Older People: National Minimum Standards and The Care Home Regulations 2003