Appropriate regulation of the workforce and of relevant settings is an important aspect of prevention and measure of accountability. The law has developed mechanisms designed to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable adults (and children) and to reinforce good recruitment practices. Nevertheless, there remain some unregulated areas as identified in Chapter 2 regarding PAs. The CQC holds responsibility for the inspection and regulation of adult care services. The work of the regulator and its relationship with safeguarding teams has a vital role in safeguarding practice, although concerns have been expressed about a ‘lack of clarity about responsibilities’ (CSCI, 2008:16). Despite the existence of a regulatory body, it seems that awareness of abuse is often reliant on the actions of whistleblowers. The chapter therefore includes discussion of the scheme of employment protection for whistleblowers together with the campaigning work of Public Concern at Work (PCAW).
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