Concerns are regularly raised about care quality and the safety of vulnerable adults and children in residential health and social care settings, or even in their own homes. One only has to go to the CQC regulator website every month and view the number of inadequately rated care homes to know those concerns are not misplaced.
In the past families and Media organisations have reverted to using hidden camera footage, to repeatedly expose abuse and malpractice in many establishments.
Those scandals have often led to dialogue about the official use of cameras in care to improve safeguarding. Many years later and after further abuse stories being uncovered, no mandatory use of camera systems has been implemented. As a result, families continue to use hidden cameras, creating mistrust with staff when found. They have often been placed without the consent of the resident because a family member had concerns. Sadly when some of those concerns were realised after viewing the hidden camera footage, the injury or incident had already occurred and as a result the resident had experienced a degree of suffering.
Overt consented camera systems professionally monitored by independent health and social care professionals would resolve this situation by acting as a deterrent at all times.