The use of CCTV as a means of preventing care home abuse was debated in Parliament last week.

The debate was led by former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve who has called for legislation to make CCTV compulsory in all care homes, The Express reported.

Mr Grieve said: “CCTV is sometimes seen as the spy, but that’s not the intention. It will provide a powerful tool, I think, for helping prevent abuse and improve standards.”

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The debate was divided on the need for compulsory adoption of CCTV, however, with Minister of State for Health and Social Care Caroline Dinenage, commenting that the decision should be left up to the individual care home provider.

Shadow Health and Social Care Minister Julie Cooper warned that CCTV could be seen as a “quick fix” and called for more social care funding.

Campaigner Jayne Connery said CCTV would “help safeguard those who are no longer able to safeguard themselves”.

Jayne told CHP: “It is without doubt a priority now for the Government to reflect on the debate and listen to public concerns about the vulnerability of their loved ones living in care homes.

“I now hope the Government has the political will to prepare for legislation that will in time making camera safety monitoring mandatory in all long term care facilities.”

A survey by CCTV provider Care Protect has found that 93% of people back the installation of CCTV in care homes.

Care Protect’s Business Development Director for the UK Ben Wilson said: “Care Protect has irrefutable proof that using surveillance and monitoring technologies in care home environments improves the quality of care provided and brings a level of transparency and reassurance for families and residents.

“After some three years of system use in a number of care settings, we can confirm that even in homes that have scored well in regulatory inspections, material issues have only been detected because of the presence of camera safety and professional monitoring.

“As to mandatory use across all UK care homes, that isn’t for us to determine. We do believe, however, that if an Act of Parliament required this and all providers complied with that legal requirement, a very significant reduction in abuse incidence would result. On average we noted a reduction in safeguarding referrals of some 24% in the first six months of system use.”

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The author Lee Peart


  1. Another case of the blind leading the blind ! The majority of homes have high standards of care yet will have a further burden unfairly imposed on them as a result of the failings of both CQC to effectively enforce poor homes to improve and ability for these homes to ignore the standards achieved by the majority of homes.
    A survey by a CCTV Provider is produced as evidence!! How un-biased and independent is that ? Surely no vested interest there!
    And yet again Parliamentary time being wasted on issues about which most MP’s have little interest or knowledge.
    Will Local authorities or the NHS contribute the extra cost imposed on Home Owners? Unlikely.

  2. Taking film of vulnerable people in compromising situations is failing to treat the individual with dignity and respect and therefore contrary to the Regulations.

  3. Until these commentators who denounce cctv in care support families who receive phone calls to say injuries have been sustained in care homes and many resulting coroners courts to determine how these injuries occurred seeing the faces of families who have buried loved ones with no answers to how or why, i strongly believe have absolutely no right to comment. The privacy and Dignity brigade need to raise their heads from the parapet and see the reality of unexplained injuries happening in care homes and providers receiving slaps on wrists and paltry fines… that’s the reality and those who condemn safety monitoring need to educate themselves without casting aspersions on those who are trying to safeguard our most vulnerable in care

  4. CCTV could be a useful add on but it will only ever be agreed in public areas and that is not where most abuse happens. More regulations in terms of recruitment and training, more robust monitoring by the CQC, very heavy fines and imprisonment for neglect, more police involvement when issues are reported, a better local authority safeguarding response (at the moment they are under-trained and mostly unresponsive and just phone the manager to ‘check everything is alright’ – as much use as a chocolate teapot). There are many issues to be tackled. Care homes may want to install cameras to protect their staff and to set minds at rest but it will never solve the problem of abuse or neglect

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