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Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC), Annual Report, England 2016-17

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Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


This report presents information about adults at risk for whom safeguarding concerns or enquiries were opened during the reporting period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, and case details for safeguarding enquiries which concluded during the reporting period. A safeguarding concern is where a local authority is notified about a risk of abuse, follows up the notification with information gathering, and if appropriate, instigates an investigation (enquiry) under the local safeguarding procedures.

This is the second reporting year since safeguarding adults became a statutory duty for local authorities on 1 April 2015. Some of the terminology and definitions used in this report have changed from previous publications to meet current practices including some fields in the data submission that were previously voluntary now being mandatory. Care should be taken when making comparisons to previous years due to these changes.

Key Facts

  • For the 2016-17 reporting year there were 109,145 individuals that were the subject of a safeguarding enquiry under Section 42 of the Care Act that started within the year. This is an increase of 6 per cent on 2015-16.
  • Of these individuals at risk, 60 per cent were female and 63 per cent were aged 65 or over.
  • 364,605 concerns of abuse were raised during 2016-17, equating to an average of just under 1,000 per day. During the same period 151,160 formal safeguarding enquiries commenced.
  • The most common type of risk in Section 42 enquiries that ended in the year was Neglect and Acts of Omission, which accounted for 35 per cent of risks.
  • The location of risk in Section 42 enquiries that ended in the year was most frequently the home of the adult at risk (44 per cent of enquiries).


Please note (08/12/17): An additional data file (Safeguarding Adults Collection, England 2016-17 Report Summary Data File) has been added to the Resources below. The file contains all data items (including voluntary) for the collection by Local Authority and also includes England totals.


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