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Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2010-11, Provisional, Experimental statistics

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01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


This report contains provisional information on alerts and referrals to adult social care safeguarding teams derived from the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA) data collection for the period 2010-11. It presents a variety of information on aspects of the safeguarding process, including type of alleged abuse, source of referral, location of alleged abuse, relationship between alleged victim and perpetrator and outcomes. Of the 152 Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England 151 submitted data for this provisional release. The data collected covers adults aged 18 and over and various equality strands, including ethnicity, age and client group. Final data for 2010-11 is expected to be published in early March 2012.

Key Facts

  • Information on 94,200 alerts was submitted by the 101 CASSRs who do collect data on alerts. Not all councils recognise alerts as part of their safeguarding process.
  • CASSRs reported a total of 96,000 referrals to adult safeguarding in 2010-11. Of these, 94,500 were about vulnerable adults where their age, gender and client group were known. The information on referrals below relates to these 94,500 referrals.
  • Almost half of the referrals reported (49 per cent) were related to vulnerable adults who were classified as client type 'physical disability', 23 per cent were for adults classified as client type 'mental health', 21 per cent were for adults classified as client type 'learning disability' and the remaining 7 per cent of referrals reported were for client types of 'substance misusers' or 'other vulnerable adults'.
  • Physical abuse was the most common type of abuse, reported in 36 per cent of the referrals. This was followed by neglect (cited in 28 per cent of the referrals) and financial abuse (in 24 per cent). 19 per cent of referrals were related to emotional or psychological abuse and sexual, institutional and discriminatory abuse made up the remaining 12 per cent. This sums to greater than 100 per cent as some referrals involved multiple types of abuse.
  • The majority of referrals cited the vulnerable adults own home (42 per cent) or a residential care home (35 per cent) as the location the alleged abuse took place. 26 per cent of referrals cited various other locations such as hospitals, a public place or Not Known. This sums to greater than 100 per cent as some referrals involved multiple locations of alleged abuse.

Accessing the AVA data

The underlying data for this publication is available through our National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) online analytical processor, within the AVA tables. If you're not already a NASCIS user, you will need to complete the self-registration process - this should only take a couple of minutes


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