Review launched into protecting people from carer abuse at home
The government has launched a review into whether those people who receive care in their homes have suitable protection from abuse against those providing the care. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 doesn't cover the role of the carer as it defines domestic abuse as abusive behaviour between people over 16 who are personally connected - such as relatives or those who have been, or are, spouses/involved in an intimate relationship.
The review is being carried out by the Home Office and Department of Health and Social Care and will be completed by the end of this year.
It will cover all people receiving care at home, including supported living or other housing with care arrangements, in England. It won't cover care homes as they're monitored by the Care Quality Commission. In relation to those people providing the care, it will cover those who are personally connected (as stated in the Domestic Abuse Act) as well as unpaid carers, such as friends or neighbours, paid care staff and volunteers.