The comparator dashboard accompanying this publication was reissued on 15 December 2016. The latest version now uses the most up to date nearest neighbour data available from CIPFA, therefore some comparator groups in the dashboard have changed. The data reported for each local authority remains unaffected.
This report provides the key findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) data collection for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. This report presents information about adults at risk for whom safeguarding concerns or enquiries were opened during the reporting period, and case details for safeguarding enquiries which concluded during the reporting period. A safeguarding concern is where a council is notified about a risk of abuse, which instigates an investigation (enquiry) under the local safeguarding procedures.
This is the first reporting year since safeguarding adults became a statutory duty for councils on 1 April 2015. Some of the terminology and definitions used in this report, therefore, have changed from previous publications to meet current practices. Care should be taken when making comparisons to previous years due to these changes.
The SAC data collection only includes cases of suspected 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.