Rise in Abuse Alerts shows Improvements in Safeguarding
- 04 Dec
Health and Social Care information centre show that 108,000 abuse and neglect cases were investigated against vulnerable adults in England 2011-2012.
In spite of cuts to adult social workers to councils across the country, abuse and neglect cases investigated has risen by 11% from previous figures and is thought to be in part due to improvements in the system.
The report, Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England 2011-12: Experimental Statistics show that 41% of all concluded cases were substantiated abuse, which is physical, sexual, emotional, financial, discriminatory or institutional abuse or neglect had been found on the balance of probabilities. This has risen by 13% since the previous year.
Ccare staff are the most common perpetrators of the abuse, with a family member being second highest, and this is consistent with figures from 2010-2011.
The number of safeguarding alerts reported by councils has risen by 23%, over 130,000 alerts, despite cuts in the number of social workers. In the UK 2010-2012, the average number of adult social work posts fell from 112 to 93 per council.
The report found from Council feedback that the increase in alerts and referrals is likely to be influenced by changes in staffing, training and recording systems, as well as a rise in the actual abuse happening.
There has also been an increase in public awareness campaigns so more cases would be recognised.
For the 99 councils that submitted data on alerts in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, the number of alerts, which is where someone has raised concern about potential abuse with the local authority, had grown by 23%. This is before it has been assessed as meeting the critea for abuse and begins investigation.
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