A recent survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that more than 200 companies in England who employ staff to provide social care to vulnerable people in their own homes have hired staff who do not have sufficient appropriate qualifications for the jobs they are required to do.

It also found that eight companies in the Midlands hadn’t carried out any Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on staff and one firm was found to be employing staff who had 23 workers with criminal convictions which included assault and theft.

The Department of Health has expressed concern but said that individual companies have a responsibility to employ suitable staff.

The Care Minister, Norman Lamb, said that the survey is deeply concerning and the organisations concerned need to be held to account by the CQC as there are stringent rules concerning the employment of social care workers.