FOI Request - Abuse Allegations

Request 101001371894

My request relates to allegations of abuse made against homecare workers who are employed by your council or work for a company subcontracted by the council.

For clarity, these are workers who go into other people’s homes to provide personal care services to them, sometimes known as domiciliary carers. I request the following:

For each of the past three financial years, 13/14, 14/15 and 15/16 what was the total number of allegations of abuse made against home care workers? For each disclosure I would like the following additional information:
* the age of the victim within 10-year time frames so as to preserve anonymity, ie age 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 ,50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90-99, 100-109.
*The nature of the alleged abuse. Was it sexual abuse, physical, psychological, financial or other? If other please state what the alleged abuse was.
*Was the allegation substantiated or unsubstantiated?
*Was disciplinary action taken against the worker? If so, please state the action taken.
*Were the police called?

My strong preference is for you to provide a full three-year disclosure but if you consider it will breach the FOI act’s time and cost limits I would accept just one financial year – 15/16.

Response 04-01-2016

13/14 - 1

14/15 - Nil

15/16 – 3

Further breakdown of information could identify individuals due to the low numbers involved. This information is therefore exempt under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, personal information.

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