A comprehensive study of elder abuse highlighted the role services can play in early intervention and the need for practitioners to be more aware.
What we learned
How we learned it
Comic Relief and the Department of Health funded the survey. Face-to-face interviews were carried out with 2,111 respondents aged 66 and over living in private households in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, between March and September 2006. Respondents from government commissioned health surveys were followed up to obtain large, nationally representative random probability samples. The overall UK response rate was 65%. The achieved sample was weighted to be representative of the general UK population aged 66 and over living in private households.
How it influences practice
Why it’s important
This is the first national UK survey and is one of the very few world wide to have used rigorous and transparent methods.
In response to the research, the government is planning to review the No Secrets guidance and this research contributes to our knowledge about mistreatment.
● McCreadie, C et al. (2006) “First steps: the UK national prevalence study of the mistreatment and abuse of older people” Journal of Adult Protection 8 3 4-11
● O’Keeffe, M et al. (2007) UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People. Prevalence Survey Report. London: National Centre for Social Research. A summary is available at
● From King’s College, London Claudine McCreadie, Simon Biggs, Anthea Tinker, Jill Manthorpe, Madeleine O’Keeffe, Amy Hills,
● From National Centre for Social Research: Melanie Doyle, Rebecca Constantine, Shaun Scholes, and Bob Erens.
Full author details on our website
● Contributions welcome. Go to www.communitycare.co.uk/StaticPages/contact.html#learning for guidelines