Councils know little about adult abuse

Many of England’s councils are only collecting basic information
on adult protection referrals, a government study has

The Department of Health report says a “surprising” number only 
record data such as the number of referrals, while there is also
varying practice over the reporting of referrals.

Eight local authorities, including Brent, Essex and Liverpool, have
just started piloting new national reporting requirements for adult
protection in the first stage of an attempt to establish common

However, the DH admits there are a number of barriers to setting up
such a system, including the use of different IT systems.

The DH asked all local authorities in England for statistics on
adult protection and 109 responded.

Nearly 95 per cent of abuse reported was within the homes of
vulnerable adults with physical abuse the most common.

Gary FitzGerald, chief executive of charity Action on Elder Abuse,
said adult protection was “fraught with complexities”, such as
issues around consent.

Action on Elder Abuse from 

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