Key Safeguarding Adults 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).

There are approximately 4.1 million socially rented properties in the UK and given these statistics, it’s clear why housing providers have obligations under The Care Act 2014.

So what are these obligations?

Housing providers must:

  • attend and provide information for Local Safeguarding Adults Boards if necessary. Housing providers will also be asked to participate in relevant Safeguarding Adult Reviews;
  • co-operate with local authorities in enquiries of suspected adult safeguarding concerns - these may result in RP’s taking action to protect the adult from any actual or risk of abuse or neglect as part of a safeguarding plan;
  • have a safeguarding policy and procedure;
  • have a safeguarding lead person;
  • keep clear and accurate records of adult safeguarding allegations, responses and actions, then share these with appropriate organisations when in the best interest of the vulnerable adult; and
  • have safe recruitment practices and training relevant to safeguarding.

Does your organisation really know what is happening?

Whilst housing providers will have policies and procedures in place, we have found that there are still significant risks of inconsistent approaches being used within organisations. This poses significant risks to adults subjected to abuse and neglect going under the radar and leading to missed opportunities to prevent abuse. In addition, this also poses reputational risks to housing providers should they not adhere to their obligations and good safeguarding working practices.

How can Capsticks help?

Capsticks specialise in safeguarding training and consultancy for housing professionals at all levels. We are currently offering a ‘Safeguarding Health check’ which will focus on stress testing your current approaches to safeguarding and highlighting recommendations for improvement. 

Our health check includes:

  • Review of existing Policy and Procedures
  • Independent case reviews
  • Staff focus groups and individual interviews
  • Governance check
  • Statistical analysis
  • Detailed report and improvement plan
  • Useful safeguarding toolkits for staff
  • 1 free year’s use of CapTrix (our Safeguarding Case Review tool)
  • Attendance at the Capsticks Safeguarding Conference in March 2019

For more information about the cost of this invaluable health check, please contact chris.grose@capsticks.com or call 07894 807446

Statistics source: Safeguarding Adults Collection, Annual Report, NHS Digital