A standard paragraph in the social worker’s statement will strike terror into a family’s heart.
‘ It is the view of the Local Authority that contact with X’s family members should be promoted and it recommends that initially this should take the form of weekly visits of an hour and a half supervised by a worker independent of both the Local Authority and the care home. The worker will report back to the Local Authority their observations during contact and this will help to inform their view on X’s future placement and contact with his family.’
So the future of a parent/spouse/child to be even viewed by their loved one for life is in the hands of a single care worker.
No family concern, spy cameras, possible complaint; no oversight of ‘care ‘other than that of the LA/HSCT’s commissioning body’s Adult Services Manager.
And for these services, including medication and restraint…
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