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My Gran has a couple of carers come in per day for wash/undress at bed. Which involves her being naked which as her grandson would feel uncomfortable doing.

One of the bedtime carers brought someone in and said they were shadowing if they like the job. She sat in the same room as my gran being undressed.

I have found out she was her mate and not shadowing at all
Appalled I contacted the manager who said she would investigate.
Week later I phoned and she’s still investigating!! Basically done nothing! She tried to put the blame on me saying I should’ve reported it earlier. I reported it as soon as I was made aware.
I have written to local authority and CQC.

Surely a carer bringing a friend into calls, and I know she’s done it recently too, is something that should be investigated promptly and a sackable offence?
I note you've already written to the local authority.

Anyone working with vulnerable adults needs to be vetted first.
If proved, the "carer" could be summarily dismissed for gross misconduct and the agency will have its safeguarding policies and procedures scrutinised thoroughly too.
Such a situation needs investigating. Councils are so strapped for cash they let agencies investigate their own complaints, even serious ones. Crazy because without "evidence" they'll decide they don't need to take any action.
Alternatively you could report it to the police. They may not have the manpower to investigate either but other vulnerable people may still be at risk so worth a try.

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HB is right. Please go the safeguarding route. The LA will need to investigate.
Might also be worth having a word with the Police on the security breach this amounts to.

Care workers have to be CRB checked and should also be insured, so the "friend" would have neither done by the care agency, as she wasn't employed by them!

The agency definitely need to know that this is happening, because in the event of an accident or theft, they would be in deep, deep trouble (to put it politely!)
Seems that Carer brought her friend telling you a fib. Probably her agency not knowing this.
Freetoleave wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:47 pm
I note you've already written to the local authority.

Anyone working with vulnerable adults needs to be vetted first.
If proved, the "carer" could be summarily dismissed for gross misconduct and the agency will have its safeguarding policies and procedures scrutinised thoroughly too.
Such a situation needs investigating. Councils are so strapped for cash they let agencies investigate their own complaints, even serious ones. Crazy because without "evidence" they'll decide they don't need to take any action.
Alternatively you could report it to the police. They may not have the manpower to investigate either but other vulnerable people may still be at risk so worth a try.
Thank you for your reply.
I honestly can't believe anyone would bring someone who wasn't authorised into your home.
I have since contacted the partner of the company and asked for a full investigation.
Apparently a service user they contacted, who lives by me, received a phone call regarding this and they confirmed they too had the same "mate" arrive. They've had four confirm this and yet this worker Is still with the company.
Moonlight wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:39 pm
Seems that Carer brought her friend telling you a fib. Probably her agency not knowing this.
Definitely, very naughty (if we can still use that word), and a sackable offence. Thanks for replying
bowlingbun wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:17 pm
Might also be worth having a word with the Police on the security breach this amounts to.

Care workers have to be CRB checked and should also be insured, so the "friend" would have neither done by the care agency, as she wasn't employed by them!

The agency definitely need to know that this is happening, because in the event of an accident or theft, they would be in deep, deep trouble (to put it politely!)
Many thanks for replying! That is very interesting actually, I do agree with you if there was an accident or theft. It's putting other care workers at risk too as they could be blamed if something happened.
I might look into police investigating.
Thank you again for replying
CRB checks are now called disclosure and barring. My last job was dealing with these. If you have doubt as a caree, you are entitled to ask if they have an up to date one. I doubt many carry the certificate with them, but it may be scary to someone to have it mentioned should the not have been checked. Agency staff in school's very often carry theirs with them to save hassle.
Just a thought.