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Care assistant WWYD?

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Confused26 Mon 03-Nov-14 16:33:58

Hello all, this is my first post on WWYD so please be gentle!

A care assistant I know takes drugs. Valium, mkat and amphetamines routinely every weekend. I know this as a matter of fact. To go into detail would "out" me, but it's a recorded fact admitted by the person in question and documented on a court document.

On the care assistants CRB check there are also offenses that are now classed as spent but they include drug dealing to minors and arson. Again, this is not gossip this is fact.

There was also a court case brought against the person in relation to financial abuse of a vulnerable adult, however the case was dropped by the victim (a family member of the person). So I'm not sure if that is relevant.

The HCA hasn't been in her job role very long. She works at a care home specialising in dementia patients and routinely gives out medication.

It bothers me that this person is in a position to care for vulnerable patients. However, I'm not sure if I'm reading too much into this. Surely the care home have seen the person's CRB check? They may not know of the drug use but is it relevant to her career if it's not impacting on it?

So WWYD? Report or not? Any thoughts appreciated.

hollie84 Mon 03-Nov-14 16:41:28

The care home should have seen her CRB and made a decision on suitability. If the arson and drug offences are a long time ago then they might not be relevant anymore.

I don't see how weekend recreational drug taking is relevant unless it is impacting on the job?

The financial abuse of a vulnerable adult seems to be the only relevant thing, but if it was dropped and there was no evidence it's difficult to know what you can do.

northgoingzax Wed 05-Nov-14 15:43:10

If you are worried about her posing a risk to vulnerable adults then your options are to contact the local authority covering the area or report a concern via the Care Quality Commission. I can see why you are worried - adults with dementia are very vulnerable. You yourself would not be able to make a judgement as to whether this impacts on her work with adults - I would be worried that drug use would increase the likelihood of mistakes being made and perhaps impact on her mood in terms of caring for people - e.g. irritability, a lack of patience, rough handling etc - however it is difficult to say without knowing the full circumstances

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