Care homes ‘make most referrals’

Residential care settings made most early referrals to the
protection of vulnerable adults scheme despite serving a minority
of users.

A King’s College London study, commissioned by the government, of
the first 100 cases found that 81 per cent of referrals come from
care or nursing homes, even though 80 per cent of users receive
community-based services.

Sheila Scott, chief executive of the National Care Homes
Association, said the figures reflected greater awareness of Pova
in residential care settings and the difficulty in spotting abuse
by staff working in community settings.

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