PART 3Staffing in care services

7Duty on care service providers to ensure appropriate staffing

(1)Any person who provides a care service must ensure that at all times suitably qualified and competent individuals are working in the care service in such numbers as are appropriate for—

(a)the health, wellbeing and safety of service users,

(b)the provision of safe and high-quality care, and

(c)in so far as it affects either of those matters, the wellbeing of staff.

(2)In determining what constitutes appropriate numbers for the purposes of subsection (1), regard is to be had to—

(a)the nature of the care service,

(b)the size of the care service,

(c)the aims and objectives of the care service,

(d)the number of service users, and

(e)the needs of service users.