One in six children’s care homes operating without registered manager

One in six children’s care homes operating without registered manager

A report for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that 25 care homes for children with complex health and care needs in England are operating without a registered manager.

Since November last year the CQC has been issuing fixed penalty notices to providers operating without a registered manager for more than six months. Each fixed penalty notice costs the offending care home £4,000.

Of the 147 registered care homes for children under the age of 18 with “complex needs” in England, 17% are still operating without a registered manager in place.

Liberal Democrat MP, Paul Burstow, said: “It’s shocking that so many vulnerable children are living in homes that don’t have the right staff in place to ensure they are getting the best standards of care.”

Burstow has demanded action to recruit qualified and registered managers into available posts.

Chief executive of the Who Cares Trust, Natasha Finlayson, said: “It’s hard to see how the highest standards of care and a culture that supports can be sustained in a home without a manager.”

Providers of care are required to appoint a registered manager to oversee care homes for children and young people with complex health needs, disabilities and mental health issues. A breach of the registered manager’s condition is an offence under section 33 of the Health and Social Care Act (2008).

The CQC have published a document with information on how staff should respond to providers who are required to have a registered manager in place and fail to do so.

[Image: By Norwood (Charity) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

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