Hundreds Of Former Caregivers Referred To Abuse Registry
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 26, 2005
LONDON, ENGLAND--More than 2,100 caregivers have been referred to the United Kingdom's Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) registry during the year since the program began.
Of those, 714 have been banned from working with vulnerable adults following accusations of physical and sexual abuse and neglect, research from Kings College London has found.
About one-third faced allegations of neglect and another one-third faced allegations of physical abuse, the Observer reported Sunday.
Local councils and residential programs that provide services to seniors and people with intellectual disabilities are required to refer employees that have harmed someone they serve. Those same employers must check to see whether new recruits are on the PoVA registry before hiring them.
Many of those who were identified since the program began in July 2004 have been working for years for employers that had no way of knowing their background.
"Adult care ban on 700 staff; Register identifies dangerous workers" (The Observer)