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BIG INCREASE IN PHYSICAL, SEXUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ELDERLY IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 30th November 2017

33% INCREASE IN SALFORD VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE REFERRALS

There's been a big increase in cases of abuse concerning Salford's vulnerable and elderly people, rising from 492 referrals in 2015/16, to 731 in 2016/17, up by 33%.

All types of abuse referrals increased, including neglect, and physical, psychological and sexual abuse, happening mainly in care homes and people's own home. Salford Safeguarding Adult Board states that the increase is partly down to changes in the way it records cases and also increased awareness of adult abuse.

Full details here...


There's been, what the Salford Safeguarding Adult Board calls, a "significant increase" in referrals that were opened last year regarding abuse of adults. Figures show 731 referrals opened during the year 2016/17, compared to 492 the previous year. This represents a rise of 33% such cases.

Cases of Physical Abuse more than doubled, from 73 in 2015/16, to 167 in 2016/17. However, the main type of abuse recorded was Neglect, with 455 cases this year, compared to 265 the previous year.

There were 96 cases of Financial or Material Abuse in 2016/17 (58 the previous year), 42 cases of Psychological Abuse (28 the previous year) and 21 cases of Sexual Abuse (13 the previous year). There were also nine cases of 'Organisational Abuse' (four the previous year).

The two main locations of abuse are in a care home or a person's own home, with an increase in safeguarding cases located in a community service...

"The percentage of abuse concerns being reported in care homes may seem high but these figures are typical of most other councils" the Salford Safeguarding Adult Board states in its annual report "Care home residents are seen as a particularly 'at risk' group as many have dementia and are therefore less able to protect themselves from abuse.

"As there is a high level of agency oversight of care home provision (through professionals visiting such as CQC, GPs and other health and social care workers), it does mean that where concerns are identified, they are regularly and quickly referred" it adds.

In 690 of the referrals, action was subsequently taken. The report adds that in 33% of safeguarding cases, service users did not have mental capacity, and in another 31% of cases people's mental capacity was 'not recorded'.

The 'significant increase' in referrals, the report states, is "partly due to a change in our recording" and also due to "increasing awareness of adult abuse" and "newer categories of abuse added through the Care Act which impact on adults at risk living in the community such as self-neglect and financial scams".

The Safeguarding Board adds that Adult Social Care, for this year, has been run according to a 'Making Safeguarding Personal' (MSP) approach which puts the adult at risk central to the process. It concludes that its new data "does very clearly suggest that in general, people do feel safer and that some or all of their personal outcomes are being achieved..."


To read the full Salford Safeguarding Adult Board report – click here

Update: 1st December:

Salford City UNISON has made the following comment... "Talk to anybody working in community services and they will tell you there aren’t enough staff, there is a constant pressure to cut corners and there is a fear of reporting abuse lest you become seen as a trouble maker. The only thing not at risk in today’s social care sector is the ability for private companies to make a profit.

"UNISON is supporting care workers to speak out, while also fighting for the wages, secure contracts and training they deserve. They can contact us on 0161 794 7425 or at 443-445 Chorley Road, Swinton."

Michael James Felse wrote
at 08:01:57 on 01 December 2017
Clearly we know there is a problem as you all say. Abuse must stop. Why not a whistleblower Councillor with a direct line into Salford Mind Charity and NSPCC. Zero tolerance will help but also trained carers, better pay, quality support and fast response team. I thank all the good Carers and know from my training in Safeguarding at the NSPCC that there is no place for abusers if we make certain they will be found out and severely dealt with.
 
Retired Socalist wrote
at 05:36:36 on 01 December 2017
Michael Many who have been caught are, the sad part is the industry in General, A percentage of People in the job of care who obviously are not fit, one more low paid job taking Staff who are doing the job because there is nothing else available. Checks which should be made missed, abrupt staff poorly trained only been found out after the event some through hidden cameras. I witnessed temper loss and a person who was not eating a yoghurt fast enough have it spread over her face. You end up reporting and then facing isolation many turning a blind eye. The home care fares little better 15minutes to complete jobs that should take at least 30 Minutes more cuts more money saving more abuse.
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 05:36:05 on 01 December 2017
What is wrong with society.People who are the most vulnerable are being subjected to abuse in a CARE HOME.If this is the case every care home should have CCTV in every room.what kind of vetting is done when employing staff. Same goes for the career's who go into people's homes.in our latter years I would expect to be looked after with dignity and respect. If I had dementia or not. Today it's a job full stop.There are people out there who are not fit for the job
 
The Oracle wrote
at 05:34:24 on 01 December 2017
@Michael Felse It's not just the elderly that are being abused in Salford Michael, but also the mentally disabled. A recent report from the Autism Forum, 5 of July 2017, shows that most of the Autistic and Learning Disabled Community are being abused by the services that should be there to support them. 50% of the Autism & Learning Disabled Community are not receiving the right Support and Care Packages. Due to there being no Autism Services in Salford, there are very few Social Landlords or Social Workers who know and understand Autism. This has lead to an increase of unlawful evictions which involve Autistic Adults and those from the Learning Disabled Community. Social Landlords in Salford have failed to recognise behaviour differences which has lead to mentally disabled adults being evicted wrongfully from their home. Most Social Workers in Salford are not trained in Autism, and as a direct result, are incapable of putting the right Support and Care packages in place to support Autistic Adults, which is deemed An Act of Neglect, which constitutes as An Act of Abuse. I was delighted Michael to see you mentioned the Elderly and Vulnerable within your comment. Most people think they are one of the same. You can be old and vulnerable or young and vulnerable. Unfortunately, the Social Care Teams in Salford don't seem to understand the difference. This can lead to the mentally disabled being abused within their own home. The Salford Star has wrote a recent story about a Vulnerable Disabled Adult attempting suicide because his social landlord was allegedly refusing to investigate an ongoing noise nuisance problem and was trapping him in his flat due to the lifts not working. Even you left a comment on the Salford Star concerning this. I believe Michael that the figures for abuse of vulnerable people in Salford should include all Vulnerable Adults, not just the elderly. I always see that you are abused online Michael, so if possible, why don't you use you political influence and investigate this matter further. This should provide you with the public credibility you so rightly deserve.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 19:47:29 on 30 November 2017
If I was a Councillor any abuser would be named, shamed and sacked. Nothing makes my blood boil more than to hear about unforgivable abuse of our elderly or our vulnerable people.
 
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