Have you heard that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are thinking of putting hidden cameras into care homes?
No I haven’t! Why would they do that?
There’s a lot of abuse and bullying goes on in care homes and the CQC want to stop it.
Oh yes, I remember what was happening in that care home called Winterbourne View.
I’m not sure if cameras are a good idea.
But it would help get rid of the bullying and abuse and people would feel safer.
Yes, but I wouldn’t want to be watched all the time in my own home. There would be no privacy!
I agree with you – I wouldn’t like that either!
But how can people be kept safe from the bullies and abusers?
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!
That might work better because the care workers would be on their best behaviour if someone was looking to move someone there.
Why don’t they give everyone in the care home a secret emergency phone to use to get help.
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.
Why don’t people who are being bullied just tell someone?
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.
That’s horrible! It’s awful that people can’t feel safe and cared for in their own home.
Anything they do such as cameras or mystery shoppers needs to be balanced against peoples’ right to privacy.
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.
The staff need to be trained by people with learning disabilities!