Review of adult protection in Scotland suggest high proportion of ‘no further action’ outcomes


Background Adult safeguarding in Scotland is subject to legislation passed in 2007, known as the adult Support and Protection Act it gives social workers the right to enter any place if part of adult protection inquiries and, if they get approval from the court, it also allows them to someone at risk for assessment and [read the full story…]

Adult Protection research suggests there is still much to do in response to events at Winterbourne View

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The events at Winterbourne View assessment and treatment service, where the BBC Panorama programme uncovered systematic abuse of people with learning disabilities, has led to a serious case review written by Margaret Flynn and Vic Citarella. The review concluded that the services provided at Winterbourne View were not based on an understanding of the needs of the [read the full story…]

New framework to help staff protect vulnerable people

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Background This document provides guidance for people working to prevent and reduce the risk of abuse and neglect of adults. It is aimed at NHS staff and their partners in education and social care and has been developed in partnership with the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the NHS and the social care [read the full story…]

Adult safeguarding guide produced to support family carers of people with learning disabilities


As you know, we at Elf towers are committed to making research evidence available in a way that helps people who support people with learning disabilities to be evidence based. However, as well as knowledge based practice, we also recognise that practice based knowledge – what we all learn from our experiences of being supported [read the full story…]

Inclusive research project on adult protection recommends more creative approach to involving people with learning disabilities


In 2006, the Department of Health produced a report called ‘Let Me I’m a Researcher’, which was designed to inform the debate about best practice in working with people with disabilities to co-produce topic areas, aims, objectives and approaches in research that involved them. Involving people with learning disabilities in the production and delivery of research [read the full story…]

Nearly a quarter of referrals to adult safeguarding in 2010 11 concerned people with learning disabilities

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The information centre for health and social care regularly publishes statistics based on returns from authorities in England. This report shows a provisional analysis from returns by Council with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) and is based on information on alerts and referrals to adult social care safeguarding teams derived from the Abuse of Vulnerable [read the full story…]

BMA publishes guidance to help doctors protect vulnerable adults

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New guidance has been published by the British Medical Association in the form of a toolkit for GPs to provide practical advice on promoting and protecting the wellbeing of vulnerable adults. Although principally aimed at GPs, any professional working in health care settings with vulnerable adults will find it useful. The term “vulnerable adults” covers [read the full story…]

Preventing abuse in the social care system SCIE report

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A new report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence shares findings from research, policy and practice on prevention in adult safeguarding and presents a wide range of approaches that can help prevent abuse. The key messages are: • Prevention of abuse has not always been high on the adult safeguarding agenda, but there is [read the full story…]

Analysis of adult protection data can identify risk patterns for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities.


This study looked at the adult protection monitoring data collected by two local authorities comparing referrals for alleged sexual abuse to referrals for other types of abuse. The authors found that over 20% related to alleged sexual abuse, with 66% of these for women. Sexual abuse was confirmed in just over a 25%. They conclude [read the full story…]