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Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2015-16, Experimental Statistics

Publication Date:
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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Local Authorities, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016


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.

Key Facts

• For the 2015-16 reporting year there were 102,970 individuals with enquiries under Section 42 of the Care Act. Of these enquiries, 60 per cent were for females (61,985 enquiries) and 63 per cent of individuals at risk were aged 65 or over (65,085 enquiries).
• For Section 42 enquiries which concluded during the reporting year, there were 124,940 risks 1 recorded by type of risk. Of these, the most common type was neglect and acts of omission, which accounted for 34 per cent of risks, followed by physical abuse with 26 per cent.
• There were 110,095 risks recorded by location of risk in concluded Section 42 enquiries. The location of risk was most frequently the home of the adult at risk (43 per cent of enquiries) or in a care home (36 per cent).
1 One enquiry can include multiple risks if more than one type, location or source of risk is involved


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