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Praise for Edinburgh Care Worker who Blew the Whistle on Care Home Abuse

An Edinburgh care home worker who blew the whistle on abuse happening at the care home where he worked has been praised for his actions.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, raised concerns about alleged physical abuse at Colinton Care Home in Edinburgh, which has since suspended three members of staff.

Police Scotland confirmed they had “received a complaint relating to a care home in the south side of Edinburgh.”

Praise for Care Home Whistleblower

As a whistleblower, the care home worker should not be subjected to any detriment and/or dismissed because of making the protected disclosures, so it was good to hear that care home management took his concerns seriously.

They acted swiftly in suspending the three members of staff, pending the outcome of the police investigation, and also issued a statement saying, "We are grateful to our carer for their vigilance in raising concerns that have led to the investigation."

Praise also came from the Scottish Government, with Cameron Buchanan MSP saying that the whistleblower had shown great courage in raising concerns about abuse at Colinton Care Home.

Culture Change for Care Home Whistleblowers?

Mr Buchanan also paid tribute to how vital it is that people report abuse that is occurring in the places where they work, saying, “Now people realise that whistleblowers play a vital part in uncovering abuse and malpractice, so this is a good sign.”

Abuse in care homes, also known as elder abuse, is more common than people realise. We have recently blogged that over half a million elderly people are subject to abuse in care homes throughout the UK – all vulnerable people who place great trust in care homes to provide them with a secure and comfortable living environment.

The Edinburgh care worker has been rightly praised for blowing the whistle on the alleged abuse at Colinton Care Home and we trust that Police Scotland will carry out their investigation thoroughly.

Hywel Thomas is a Personal Injury Associate Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK and specialises in elder abuse compensation claims.

Slater and Gordon’s expert team of Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse, including people who have suffered abuse at care homes.

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