This report provides the key findings from the Safeguarding Adults Return (SAR) data collection for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. This report presents information about adults at risk for whom safeguarding referrals were opened during the reporting period, and case details for safeguarding referrals which concluded during the reporting period. A safeguarding referral is where a concern is raised with a council about a risk of abuse, which instigates an investigation under the local safeguarding procedures.
This report covers the year 2014-15, the last year before safeguarding adults became a statutory duty under the Care Act (2014). Much of the terminology used in this report, therefore, is no longer in use under current practices.
The SAR data collection only includes cases of alleged abuse where a council safeguarding service has been notified and has entered details onto their system. It does not include cases where partner agencies have dealt with the allegation and not shared the information with the council. It is likely that there are cases of abuse that have not been reported to councils. Furthermore, the data collection only covers abuse perpetrated by others; it does not include self-harm or self-neglect.