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This applies to all members of staff, paid and unpaid.

Research shows that a significant number of abuse incidents involve formal carers, professionals and managers - people paid to care for and advise Adults at Risk.

This fact places a responsibility both on those staff and those responsible for the practice of paid staff - in terms of management and supervision - to ensure that they are safe to work with Adults at Risk. This means that all the processes and checks surrounding who works with Adults at Risk and how they work must incorporate the avoidance of abuse including:
  • How staff are recruited;
  • The policies and procedures staff work to;
  • How staff are inducted and trained, especially concerning professional standards, policy and procedures and the possibility of abuse;
  • How staff are supervised and supported.

Managers, agencies and professions share responsibility for ensuring that staff are "fit for work", whatever their roles and responsibilities.

Employers should have robust procedures in place for checking and barring potential abusers, including procedures in place in relation to:

See also the Disclosure and Barring Service website.