E: support@e-carehub.co.uk



CCTV in Homes People’s Homes Policy

Policy Statement

This policy is written to explain the response of {{org_field_name}} to the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) and similar devices such as webcams inside and/or outside the homes of the people receiving care, which record the actions of its staff while working, including when entering and leaving the home.

It should be used with reference to the agency’s policies on Data Protection and Stress at Work.

{{org_field_name}} understands that visual images such as photographs and video recordings are defined as data and are covered in the same way as written records by data protection principles in organisations, where the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 applies. However, it also understands that private dwellings are not covered by the Data Protection Act, which means that the guidance produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office on the use of CCTV does not extend to its use in private households.

{{org_field_name}} recognises that it is providing a social service, which in line with its registration responsibilities, has a duty to make sure on the one hand that people receiving care are kept safe from harm and on the other that its staff are not subject to undue harassment or pressures that could impair the quality of their care and their welfare.

{{org_field_name}} is therefore aware that people receiving care, relatives and representatives might seek to use CCTV and similar devices to record the care being given to people receiving care as a protective measure, but this might also have the effect of increasing staff stress and be counterproductive in terms of achieving the standards of care that are expected of them.

{{org_field_name}} has therefore devised its own Code of Practice, which it applies in those homes where it knows that CCTV or similar devices have been installed (or are planned to be installed), which could record the actions of its staff while carrying out their caring duties. The code does not apply to houses where CCTV has been installed for external security purposes only and which would not record such as times of workers entering or leaving the house. It does apply where such actions are routinely recorded.

Code of Practice

The code is written to reflect the responsibilities of users of surveillance methods in their relationships with other parties who might wittingly or unwittingly be exposed to them as described in the Information Commission Office guidance on the use of CCTV in organisations where data protection principles apply.

{{org_field_name}} follows the following principles.

  1. {{org_field_name}} acknowledges that any CCTV and similar recording devices belong to the person receiving care/representatives and it has no control over their use. It can, however, negotiate how they are used in relation to the services, which the agency has agreed to provide. It enters into any negotiations with a view to creating relationships with the people receiving care and their representatives, which are based on mutual trust, openness and transparency.
  2. {{org_field_name}} also recognises that video recording can be a useful tool to help protect a person from harm and the risk of harm, to promote learning and development and to improve the quality of care if used appropriately.
  3. {{org_field_name}} works on the basis that care practices must only be recorded on CCTV and similar devices with the express permission of the agency and individual carers.
  4. People receiving care/representatives who seek to make use of CCTV within the service delivery process must make this clear at the beginning of the service or when proposing it at any later stage so that its use and conditions of its use can be written into the service agreement.
  5. Representatives of a person who seeks to install or use CCTV on behalf of the person must have obtained the latter’s permission or if the person lacks mental capacity to give their consent, the agency will insist that a “best interests” process is carried out.
  6. Where any such agreement has been reached, the agency will then make the relevant staff aware of its use. It will then obtain their written agreement to their being recorded within the terms and conditions agreed by the agency.
  7. {{org_field_name}} will always seek to establish the purpose of the use of the CCTV (which might not always be directed at the agency’s staff, but a means, for example, of checking on the person themselves). It will then set out in writing the purpose and any specific objectives, which are relevant to the individual care and support plan.
  8. {{org_field_name}} will not agree to the routine recording of any intimate personal care that invades the privacy of the individual and affronts their dignity.
  9. {{org_field_name}} could agree to certain aspects of the care provided to be recorded (with consent) for a specific purpose, eg for problem-solving or learning, where there are benefits of recording the procedure for both people who use services and staff.
  10. {{org_field_name}} will not seek to make use of the recording for its own internal monitoring purposes, except by agreement with the person receiving care and staff as in 6 above.
  11. {{org_field_name}} will discuss with the individual/representatives as part of the agreement on the use of the CCTV how long the images of its staff will be retained, what access other people might have to those images and how they will be disposed of. These are all matters that could affect the rights of the agency’s employees.
  12. {{org_field_name}} will also come to some agreement with the individual/representatives as part of the agreement the rights of access of its staff to any recorded images of them, as they would if the process was following data protection principles.
  13. {{org_field_name}} will not tolerate the use of covert surveillance of its staff by a person receiving care and/or their representatives, which implies lack of trust and confidence in both individual staff and the agency. If it discovers that covert surveillance methods are being used unilaterally and without adequate reasons, it will discuss ending its services to that user.
  14. Under some circumstances, however, it would accept the results of covert recordings if they provide clear evidence of malpractice or misconduct on the part of the staff member being recorded or to support a complaint.
  15. In exceptional circumstances where, for example, there is prior evidence of an agency employee harming the person receiving care in any way or putting the person at risk of harm or engaging in any other kind of possible misconduct, it might agree with the person receiving care/representatives to staff behaviour being recorded covertly. The evidence obtained could then be used to trigger the agency’s safeguarding procedures.
  16. {{org_field_name}} accepts that each situation should be treated differently and the agreements reached will be on an individual basis.

Responsible Person: {{org_field_registered_manager_first_name}} {{org_field_registered_manager_last_name}}

Reviewed on: {{last_update_date}}

Next review date: this policy is reviewed annualy (every 12 months). When needed, this policy is also updated in response to changes in legislation, regulation, best practices, or organisational changes.

Copyright ©2024 {{org_field_name}}. All rights reserved

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *