Safeguarding Adults Annual Report, England 2015-16

This report contains information on the use of Safeguarding Adults under the Care Act 2014 during the reporting period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. 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.

Key findings:

  • 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 risks1 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).

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