Hugh - Sheffield Social Services wrote a guidance document in 1998
concerning investigating allegations of abuse against staff - Tel. 0114 273
4811. We are working on the same issue, through the Wolverhampton Adult
Protection Committee arena, and in a West Midlands regional coordinators
arena. Any examples where things went wrong or right would be most welcome!
In terms of best practice, I would suggest that this needs to be wider than
just achieving a successful prosecution, or the outcome of a disciplinary
investigation. The issue of who is responsible for reporting staff to
professional or regulatory bodies needs clarity. I know of a recent case
where the Nursing & Midwifery Council agreed to investigate a group of
nurses where no one nurse could be determined to be culpable of neglect, but
it was reported to them by the family because the employers did not accept
that neglect had occurred, and the statutory organisation with the evidence
felt it was the employers' responsibility to report this to the NMC.
I am currently considering the effect of employers asking staff to write
accounts of events separately, in separate rooms, with no interview to
potentially bias evidence. Checks on rotas, records, etc. obviously
determine whether it was possible for the event to have occurred, involving
the people named. These can then be considered by a multi-agency strategy
group, which may include both Police and Human Resource Managers, to decide
the next steps.
I have evidence of a case where a worker was dismissed prior to the case
being heard in court, and the Judge refusing to hear the case on the day!
So much for Achieving Best Evidence.
From: Ellis, Hugh - Social and Health Care Directorate
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I'm trying to develop good practice guidance primarily on the process of
investigation by employers into allegations of vulnerable adult abuse by
I've come across a large number of such investigations where people have
either not known how to go about such an investigation or where poor
practice, primarily due to lack of guidance, has meant that no action could
be taken. One example recently related to the abuse of a number of older
people by a housing association warden. there was a great deal of
corroborating evidence but beacause the alleged perpetrator was not directly
asked about any of the allegations until the disciplinary tribunal no action
could be taken.
I'm anticipating focusing on the process in terms of:
* Obtaining a statement from the victim
* Interviewing alleged perpetrators
* Preparation and submission of evidence etc
and drawing on police practice to identify good practice.
Has anybody already done any work in this area, or have any useful info that
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