The BBC recently reported that 3 support workers have each been jailed for four months for assaulting an elderly woman in a residential care home.

Care workers go to Jail for AbuseThe workers were charged as a result of the investigation arising from the 2014 BBC Panorama expose into the Old Deanery care home near Braintree, Essex.

Adeshola Adediwura, Lorna Clark and Anita Ray each in turn admitted one charge, at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The programme showed shocking footage of an elderly woman, Joan Maddison 84, being slapped and goaded. The victim had dementia, cancer, diabetes and was partially paralysed.

Joan’s daughter, Gillian Lee, said: "The anguish and pain inflicted on my mum, our family and all those other dear people is incalculable. To anyone working in the system or in the industry, the clue is in the title 'care'. If you can't or don't - get out…”

Chris Knight, Head of Social Care Training for SecuriCare, is critical of the culture, “Workers who become aware of such abuse must speak out. There is a quote that goes something like: ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing…’. We have unfortunately learnt the hard way that we need whistle-blowers and that they need to be taken seriously. When Terry Bryan spoke out about what was going on within Winterbourne View no action was taken. Hopefully now the ‘Misjudgements’ acknowledged by Ian Biggs, Regional Director of the CQC are a thing of the past. This must not be allowed to happen. What organisations need are a highly skilled workforce who have compassion and empathy. Force for forces sake is never the answer..”

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to enable support workers, carers and foster families to best respond to any ‘Challenging Behaviour’ that may occur. All programmes are finalised after full training needs analysis and delivered by experienced frontline practitioners. Click to see our ‘Preventing & Managing Challenging Behaviour’ Course which includes ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ techniques designed to minimise the need for any kind of restrictive intervention. You can also take a look at our person centred Behaviour Planning Service.

Securicare also offer a ‘Restraint Reduction’ support service and training in support of improving safety. Check out our ‘Physical Intervention’ courses and our online ‘Restraint Risks’ course, or ask for details about our newest course 'Physical Interventions: Removing Risk & Reducing Use' a course that provides practical guidance on how to manage risks within the context of an incident as well as prevent future restraint use. 

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442

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