4. Regulated activities relating to adults

Regulated activity in relation to adults no longer refers to ‘vulnerable adults’. The focus is on the type of care that the adult requires, rather than the setting within which the adult receives that help. There is no longer a requirement for an activity to be carried out a certain number of times before it is categorised as a regulated activity.

Six categories of people fall within the definition of those carrying out a regulated activity. In addition, anyone supervising those in these six categories falls within the definition.

The categories are:

  1. Those providing health care.
  2. Those providing personal care (for example help with washing and feeding).
  3. Those providing social care.
  4. Those providing assistance with handling cash, paying bills or shopping.
  5. Those assisting a person in his/her personal management of his/her affairs.
  6. Those who transport an adult because of their age, illness or disability from their place of residence to a place where they are receiving health or social care. This does not include taxi drivers or family and friends.

As a result of the changes to the definition of regulated activity relating to adults we now have no roles at WP&UP that undertake this type of regulated activity. However, employees and/or volunteers may find themselves in settings where adults are deemed vulnerable (eg the Metal Health Hub Team providing education at events) and therefore adults are still referred to throughout this policy. References to ‘vulnerable adults’ throughout the rest of this document should be read in the context of the new definition of regulated activity relating to adults.

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