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Safeguarding Adults, England, 2017-18 [PAS]

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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Local Authorities, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


This report provides the findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Update (14/01/2019): An update to Annex G has been published to correct category names in Table 5 SG1e.

Key Facts

394,655 concerns of abuse were raised during 2017-18, an increase of 8.2% on the previous year.

There were 150,070 safeguarding enquiries that started in the year; a decrease of 1,090 (0.7%) on 2016-17.

The number of Section 42 enquiries that commenced during the year fell by 1.1% to 131,860 and involved 107,550 individuals. The number of Other enquiries increased by 1.8% to 18,210 during the same period.

Older people are much more likely to be the subject of a Section 42 safeguarding enquiry; one in every 43 adults aged 85 and above, compared to one in every 862 adults aged 18-64.

The most common type of risk in Section 42 enquiries that concluded in the year was Neglect and Acts of Omission, which accounted for 32.1% of risks, and the most common location of the risk was the person’s own home at 43.5%. In 68.5% of Section 42 enquiries a risk was identified and action was taken.


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