The Health and Social Care Information Centre has just published the first annual findings from its new ‘safeguarding adults’ data set. The figures show that safeguarding referrals were opened for 104,050 people in 2013-14. Some of the key graphs from the report are below. The review also showed that there were a total of 56 serious case reviews in 2013-14 covering 100 adults at risk, of which 46 suffered serious harm and died and 54 suffered serious harm and survived.
1. Allegations most commonly concerned abuse in the person’s own home
2. Neglect was the most common abuse allegation
3. Most referrals led to action being taken
4. People lacked capacity in three out of 10 cases
5. Almost two-thirds of people had a physical disability, frailty or sensory impairment