The Protection of Vulnerable Adults List: an investigation of referral patterns and approaches to decision-making: Final Report

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Abstract

Since July 2004, employers of social care staff working with adults in vulnerable adults in England and Wales have been required to refer workers dismissed for misconduct that harmed vulnerable adults or placed them at risk of harm to the Protection of Vulnerable adults (POVA) list. The Department of Health (DH) commissioned the research reported here to assist those with responsibility for the scheme to be confident that their judgements have the support of those affected. The research explored the factors leading to placement on the POVA list by addressing the following research questions:
• What factors are associated with decisions to place referred staff onto the
POVA list?
• Are there any commonalities and any differences within a sample of
referrals to the POVA list?
• How are decisions being made about whether to place referred staff on
the list?
Two datasets were analysed for the quantitative element of the research. First, data about all referrals to the POVA team were sent to the research team. Second, all the written information accompanying for a sample of 300 referrals was sent to the researchers and a more detailed set of data was looked at in depth. Three vignettes or fictional cases were used as stimulus material in interviews with 18 POVA team members and in discussion groups with five managers, three frontline practitioners and 14 older people.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, The Policy Institute, King's College London
Commissioning bodyDHSC Department of Health and Social Care
Number of pages191
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

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