In health and social care adults can be vulnerable, a number of strategies have been put into place to minimize abuse. One of these strategies involves checking records to assess the suitability of people who wish to work as careers with vulnerable adults.
Protection of Vulnerable Adults Scheme (POVA)
Protection of vulnerable adult’s scheme: unfortunately someone who abuses a vulnerable individual is likely to do so many times before they are caught, especially if they leave their employment before the abuse is discovered or they are dismissed. Since July 2004, it has been a statutory requirement for employers and the Commissions for Social Care Inspection to report people considered unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults (people over 18 years of age) for inclusions on the POVA list. The POVA system is run by the Department of Health and covers England and Wales. People are included on the POVA list if they have abused or harmed a vulnerable adult in their care or placed that individual at risk of harm.
POVA applies to:
• registered service providers of care homes
• domiciliary care agencies
• adult placement schemes
• employment agencies or businesses that supply care workers to the above providers
This also identifies careers that have harmed service users and are banned from working with clients. Care worker may have intended to harm or caused harmed through poor practice. This requirement was set out in the care Standards Acts 2004 but dose not cover care settings such as hospitals.
Care Home Regulation
It is a set of requirement that providers and managers of care homes must in order to be registered as fits or suitable for the job. It also sets our how care should be carried out within care homes. CRB are used to check as a required for staff to assess their suitability to work with adults who are vulnerable. It helps to indicate...