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Increase In Investigations Of Claims Of Abuse Against Vulnerable Adults In York


7:16am 2nd July 2014
(Updated 7:46am 2nd July 2014)

There have been 342 cases investigated over the last year, in comparison in 2012/13 it was 214 cases.

More than a hundred allegations of physical abuse were made, with 85 claims of psychological abuse, 78 claims of neglect and 77 claims relating to finances.

143 complaints relate to abuse taking place in the alleged victim's own home, 71 are claimed to have happened in care homes and 17 in hospital.

The number of investigations completed has increased with around 4 in 10 fully or partially proven, 3 in 10 inconclusive and just under a quarter not proven to have taken place.

Kathy Clark, Assistant Director, Assessment and Safeguarding, City of York Council, said:
“Protecting vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect is a key priority for the council.  We need to ensure that we can respond, with other key agencies where appropriate, if there are concerns that someone might be at risk.  The increasing number of referrals in the last year indicates that residents, carers and professionals are aware of the safeguarding process and the support available."

“Our performance is strong in many aspects of the safeguarding processes, but we want to see improvements year on year. We will be looking at how we can reduce the length of investigations by reviewing and streamlining our existing processes over the coming year, and will continue to work with partner agencies to support vulnerable residents across the city.”

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