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Increased protection for vulnerable adults

9 June 2011

Following the recent abuse scandal at Winterbourne View, a privately run care home in Bristol, the Government is planning to bring safeguarding standards for vulnerable adults further into line with those in place for children.

It is the Government’s intention that “safeguarding” boards, like those for vulnerable children, are established. More details of these boards are due to be published within a fortnight. Health Minister, Paul Burstow, has stated that the Government plan to follow through on some of the recommendations received from the Law Commission and implement statutory safeguarding rules that will require the police, NHS and social services to work together.

With the sector facing projected budget cuts of between 10% and 15%, and no sign of demand for adult services deceasing, it is not clear where the funding for these increased safeguards will be found.

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