Adult social care employers have a duty to provide safe working conditions for their staff and, wherever possible, to ensure the safety and security of service users.

In residential care this includes protecting residents and staff, as far as is reasonable, from breaches of security such as break-ins, intruders, arson, vandalism, assault, abuse or theft. Such events are not uncommon in modern care settings where criminals, and those who seek to abuse vulnerable people, can view care homes as a “soft target”.

In domiciliary care, it includes the security of staff working alone in the community.

Aspects of security are also covered in the Lone Workers in Social Care topic. “Cyber security” is covered in the Information Management and Technology Systems topic.

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