One in six councils in England is failing to protect vulnerable adults in their care, according to a BBC report.
The File on 4 radio programme requested a detailed assessment of adult protection from the Commission for Social Care Inspection and found that some councils which received the highest social services rating have fallen short in their protection of vulnerable adults.
The CSCI’s director of inspection Mike Rourke told the programme these adults need similar legal safeguards to child protection law.
Help the Aged elder abuse campaign manager, Lizzie Jeans, said: “Half a million older people are believed to be abused at any one time in the UK, yet this issue is far lower on public consciousness than domestic violence or child abuse, and shouldn’t be.”
The full programme can be heard tonight on Radio 4 at 8pm.