The use of CCTV in care homes has been addressed in a previous briefing.

In September, this issue was introduced as a debate in the House of Commons. It was suggested by Dominic Grieve MP that the government should consider a mandatory requirement for the use of CCTV in communal areas. He recognised the cost issues but thought with adequate lead-in time, this cost could be absorbed.

Other speakers recognised that CCTV would not end all abuse, particularly because of its limited use.

The Care Minister, Caroline Dineage MP, rejected the suggestion for compulsory CCTV. She pointed out that this would require a change in the law and she did not consider that a blanket approach would be proportionate or respect the needs and wishes of everyone who lives in a care home. Her view was that the decision to install CCTV should remain one for the care home provider.