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Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2014-15, Experimental Statistics

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015


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.


Safeguarding referrals were opened for 103,900 individuals during the 2014-15 reporting year, a small reduction from the 104,050 in 2013-14. Sixty per cent of the individuals were female and 63 per cent were aged 65 or over. Just over half (52 per cent) of the individuals required physical or mental health support.


For referrals which concluded during the 2014-15 reporting year, there were 128,060 allegations by type of risk (122,140 allegations in 2013-14). Of these, the most common type was neglect and acts of omission, which accounted for 32 per cent of allegations (up from 30 per cent last year), followed by physical abuse with 27 per cent (remained the same as 2013-14).


The source of risk was most commonly someone known to the adult at risk but not in a social care capacity, accounting for 50 per cent of referrals (the same as in 2013-14). Social Care support was the source of risk in 36 per cent of referrals (the same as in 2013-14) and for the remaining 14 per cent the source was someone unknown to the individual. These figures are based on a total of 108,240 risks recorded for concluded referrals by source of risk.


There were 108,240 allegations made by location of risk in concluded referrals, an increase of 9 per cent on 2013-14 (with 99,195 risks). The location of risk was most frequently the home of the adult at risk (43 per cent of allegations) or in a care home (36 per cent of risks).


There were a total of 65 serious case reviews (SCRs) compared to 60 in 2013-14. A serious case review takes place when an adult/adults have died or suffered serious harm. The 65 SCRs involved a total of 190 adults at risk, of which 30 per cent suffered serious harm and died and 70 per cent suffered serious harm but survived.


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