Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2012-13, Final report, Experimental statistics
This report contains information on alerts and referrals to adult social care safeguarding teams in England derived from the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA) data collection for the period 2012-13. It presents a variety of information on aspects of the safeguarding process.
Please note that this report is being made available to the public as Experimental Statistics, which is defined in the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Official Statistics as new official statistics undergoing evaluation. They are published in order to involve stakeholders in their development.
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- A total of 176,000 safeguarding alerts were reported by the 132 councils in 2012-13. For the 119 councils who submitted data on alerts in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, the number of alerts has grown by 20 per cent (27,000 alerts).
- A total of 109,000 safeguarding referrals were reported by all 152 CASSRs in England in 2012-13. This reflects a 2 per cent increase (2,000 referrals) across all councils, compared to the previous reporting year.
- A total of 89,000 completed referrals were reported by all 152 CASSRs in England in 2012-13. This reflects a 3 per cent increase (3,000 completed referrals) across all councils, compared to the previous reporting year.
- In 2012-13, 61 per cent of referrals were for women and 62 per cent were for adults aged 65 or over. Half of the referrals (51 per cent) were for adults with a physical disability.
- Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of abuse reported in referrals, accounting for 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of all allegations. Alleged abuse was more likely to occur in the vulnerable adults own home (39 per cent of all locations) or a care home (36 per cent).
- The source of harm was most commonly reported as a social care worker (32 per cent of all perpetrators) or a family member (a combination of the Partner and Other Family Member categories, 23 per cent).
- Of the 87,000 completed referrals where a case conclusion was recorded, 43 per cent of cases were either Substantiated or Partly Substantiated, 30 per cent were Not Substantiated and for 27 per cent of cases a conclusion could not be determined.