Should hidden cameras be put in care homes?

4 Nov
Malak

Malak

Have you heard that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are thinking of putting hidden cameras into care homes?

 

 

 

Annabel

Annabel

No I haven’t! Why would they do that?

 

 

 

 

Malak

There’s a lot of abuse and bullying goes on in care homes and the CQC want to stop it.

 

 

 

Annabel

Oh yes, I remember what was happening in that care home called Winterbourne View.

 

 

KA Maracas

KA Maracas

I’m not sure if cameras are a good idea.

 

 

 

 

Ace Man

Ace Man

But it would help get rid of the bullying and abuse and people would feel safer.

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Yes, but I wouldn’t want to be watched all the time in my own home. There would be no privacy!

 

 

 

 

Malak

I agree with you – I wouldn’t like that either!

 

 

 

 

Annabel

But how can people be kept safe from the bullies and abusers?

 

 

 

Ace Man

The CQC are also thinking of using ‘Mystery Shoppers’. This is where people go into the care home and pretend they are looking for care for a loved one.

They could get people to pretend to be a cleaner or a handyman too!

 

 

 

Annabel

That might work better because the care workers would be on their best behaviour if someone was looking to move someone there.

 

 

 

Ace

Why don’t they give everyone in the care home a secret emergency phone to use to get help.

 

 

 

Malak

This wouldn’t work because carers can take away things easily. And it’s hard to keep things secret or private when you depend on other people for help.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

Why don’t people who are being bullied just tell someone?

 

 

 

Malak

They might be frightened that the bullies will do worse things to them. They may be frightened to get into trouble and feel it is their fault somehow. They might not have anyone to tell. Also people who have told about bullying and abuse sometimes haven’t been believed.

 

 

 

Annabel

That’s horrible! It’s awful that people can’t feel safe and cared for in their own home.

 

 

 

KA Maracas

Anything they do such as cameras or mystery shoppers needs to be balanced against peoples’ right to privacy.

 

 

 

Malak

Yes that’s important. I think the people who live in care homes need to be asked what they think about it before anything gets decided.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The staff need to be trained by people with learning disabilities!

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Should hidden cameras be put in care homes?”

  1. Mike Martinez January 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    I think cameras are an excellent idea!

  2. Mark Thould December 4, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    What about the idea of putting hidden cameras into Schools for Special Needs Children? I know of many cases where non verbal special needs children have been bullied, abused, hospitalised and neglected by staff and its all covered up and swept under the carpet as the children can’t testify!

    • Annabel December 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Glad to see your comment Mark!
      We agree with you that bullying in special schools is a BIG problem and lots more needs to be done to STOP this.
      But we are not sure that hidden cameras in special schools is a good thing. We would be worried that people who shouldn’t might get access to all sorts of pictures and information about children.
      The Council for Disabled Children http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/ and the Anti-bullying Alliance http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/ also have lots of good ideas about how to prevent bullying in schools.

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