Brigitte Scheffer

February 2018

BBC Radio 4

Who protects the residents of sheltered housing schemes from abuse or neglect?
There are more than half a million people living in sheltered housing, accommodation that offers additional support to the elderly, disabled or vulnerable.
But currently, in England, these schemes aren't overseen by the independent regulator of health and social care the Care Quality Commission and councils aren't required to record cases of abuse and neglect in sheltered housing.
It is leading to growing concerns that many vulnerable residents are hidden away and left to suffer without the authorities ever knowing there is a problem.
And when things do go wrong, with an absence of regulation are there sufficient mechanisms to prevent the same things from happening again?
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