April 29, 2013

Five Times Attacked Care Worker Receives Compensation from Council

Community Care reports on a case of a Sandwell Council care worker being attacked in the course of her work.  

The woman was first attacked at a residential children's home in West Bromwich in August 2008, according to Unison. The young man, who had a history of violent and sexually inappropriate behaviour, hit her with a chair.

Unison said Sandwell Council did not put measures in place to avoid another incident and over the course of the next five months, the care worker was attacked another four times.

A spokesperson for Sandwell said the Council did not admit liability for the injuries caused. But Sandwell’s cabinet member for children and families, Simon Hackett, added: "We recognise we have a high standard of duty of care to employees and do all we can to ensure that we meet that standard. In this instance unfortunately our insurers believed that on the balance of probabilities we did not meet that standard."

It is not known how much the care worker received in compensation, however, Unison said it was a “substantial amount”.