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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 November 2013
Date of Publication: 10 December 2013
Inspection Report published 10 December 2013 PDF | 63.73 KB

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 15 November 2013 and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

When we inspected Ablewell Care in May 2013 we were concerned that although the provider offered services to both children and adults the recruitment checks they had made before employing staff were not sufficient to safeguard children. The regulation requires that the provider obtains a criminal record certificate for care staff. This is now known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information about a criminal record or other restrictions helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and may prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups

We were told that this was an administrative error within the process of applying for this information. The provider assured us that no children were receiving a service at the time of that inspection.The provider sent us an action plan in which they said that they would immediately identify those staff who were not cleared to work with children. In the event of being asked to provide care for a child the provider would not allocate one of these workers to provide that care.

During the current inspection we saw that a list of all the staff employed at Ablewell Care was maintained with a clear colour coding indicating the status of their DBS check. We saw that it was easy to identify those staff whose check had not included clearance to work with children. We saw that because of the appointment of new staff since our last inspection the majority of staff were now cleared to work with both adults and children.

We looked at three electronic records of DBS clearance and saw that these were satisfactory and related to both adults and children. We also looked at two staff files in paper format and found that these together with the other information held by the provider were sufficient to satisfy the requirements. We saw that the provider had introduced other measures to improve employment records.