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Join Michael F. in signing this petition.

To: Gillian Keegan MP

Protect vulnerable older people in law by checking and registering private carers

Protect vulnerable older people in law by checking and registering private carers

Under UK law, private carers are not subject to the same safeguarding measures as care professionals who work for an agency or in residential settings. They do not need to register or go through any checks. It is estimated there are around 140,000 private carers, or ‘personal assistants’ in the UK. This petition is calling on the UK government to close this gap in the system by making it a requirement for all carers to register and to be subject to background checks though the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Why is this important?

My 96 year old grandfather, Eric, was financially abused by his private carers. They manipulated him and stole his life-savings - nearly £200,000 from him. Sadly, he passed away shortly after finding out that the people he trusted had robbed him. Most people wouldn’t dream of doing something like this, but in an unregulated part of the care system, without safeguarding measures in place to protect vulnerable elderly people, there are always going to be those who seek to exploit that vulnerability.

Let’s do more to protect our vulnerable older people, to recognise the important work of all carers, and to keep these criminals out of the profession.

You can find out more about Eric’s story, from the professionals who helped to get him justice and from other agencies here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ytns

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Reasons for signing

  • Concerned this could happen again
  • The care system needs to be funded properly rubbish wages means decent staff leave for other sectors
  • A systematic failure. The same way Personal Health Budgets taken from the NHS budget are being used to employ people as carers who have have no formal training or vetting in place.

Updates

2021-09-24 19:51:10 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-09-16 00:42:58 +0100

100 signatures reached

2021-09-15 08:25:04 +0100

50 signatures reached

2021-09-14 19:36:10 +0100

25 signatures reached

2021-09-14 10:18:47 +0100

10 signatures reached