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Articulating the Improvement of Care Standards: The Operation of a Barring and Vetting Scheme in Social Care

Hussein, Shereen, Manthorpe, Jill, Stevens, Martin, Rapaport, Joan, Harris, Jess, Martineau, Stephen (2009) Articulating the Improvement of Care Standards: The Operation of a Barring and Vetting Scheme in Social Care. Journal of Social Policy, 38 (2). pp. 259-275. ISSN 0047-2794. (doi:10.1017/S0047279408002833) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68405)

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Abstract

The vetting and barring scheme known as the POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) List established in England and Wales by the Care Standards Act (2000) was intended to provide greater assurance about the quality of social care for adults. This article discusses referrals to the POVA List in the period 21 May 2004 to 17 November 2006, details of which were made available to the researchers. These comprised 5,294 cases. Further data relating to the investigation process were provided through drawing on all material supplied in a purposively selected sample of 298 referrals. These have been analysed and findings are reported here in respect of referrals and prior disciplinary action, interactions with local and national agencies and the involvement of the police. What happened to the referrals and the length of time for decisions about Listing are also reported. The article concludes with some policy recommendations for the future of the scheme and sets this in the context of regulation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0047279408002833
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1017/S0047279408002833 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Journal of Social Policy [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68405 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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