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Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England - 2011-12, Final report, Experimental statistics

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01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 2012


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 2011-12. 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 users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage.

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Key Facts

  • In 2011-12, a total of 136,000 safeguarding alerts, 108,000 safeguarding referrals and 86,000 completed referrals were reported for vulnerable adults aged 18 and over in England.

  • The number of referrals has increased by 11 per cent (11,000 referrals) compared to the previous reporting year.

  • 61 per cent of safeguarding referrals were for women and 60 per cent were for vulnerable adults aged 65 or over. Almost half of the referrals (49 per cent) were for adults with a physical disability.

  • The rate of referrals per 100,000 population was highest in the Midlands. There were 340 and 320 referrals per 100,000 population in the West Midlands and East Midlands respectively.

  • Physical Abuse was the most common type of abuse reported, accounting for 29 per cent of all allegations.

  • Vulnerable adults were more likely to be abused in their Own Home (accounting for 40 per cent of all locations cited) or a Care Home (36 per cent) than other locations.

  • The source of harm was most likely to be Social Care Staff (28 per cent of all perpetrators) or a Family Member (a combination of the Partner and Other Family Member categories, 22 per cent).


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