Thousands of safeguarding concerns about vulnerable adults in Wigan
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Across England, there were nearly 588,000 safeguarding concerns raised – a nine per cent increase on the year before.
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK charity director, said: "At a time when our social care services are under such acute pressure it is not surprising that the numbers of reported incidents of abuse against older people are on the rise, and that the neglect of those living in their own homes form the largest category.
She added older people often wait months for a social care assessment, while home care agencies are stretched in finding staff to provide the support their clients need.
"These circumstances are a recipe for older people not to receive all or sometimes any of the care and support they require," she said.
"We know from our own contacts with older people and their families that this leaves some living in intolerable situations, with risks to their health as well as their wellbeing."
Ms Abrahams added the figures are a reminder of why the Government must address the "shortfall of good quality social care" in England, and of the "miserable consequences" for older and disabled people if it is not addressed.
If councils believe a vulnerable adult is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect, they must carry out a Section 42 enquiry to determine whether action should be taken. The very elderly – those aged 85 and over – are most likely to be the subject.
The data shows there were 2,705 Section 42 enquiries concluded in Wigan last year.
The council found that the highest proportion of allegations in the area were linked to neglect (30 per cent), while the highest number of incidents took place in the alleged victim's own home (66 per cent).