From April to September 2014, Islington Safeguarding Adults received 585 alerts, an increase of 38% on the same period in the previous year. This increase will in part be the result of efforts by Islington Safeguarding Adults team to raise awareness of the abuse and the different types of abuse and encourage reporting. The substantive programme of training to raise awareness of abuse has included delivery to health, social care and housing staff, voluntary sector groups (including Healthwatch) and members of the public.
In the same period from April to September 2014, the three most common types of abuse were financial (28%), physical (26%) and neglect (23%). Nearly half of the alerts proceeded to investigation (this is a similar proportion to the national average) with most (78%) taking place in a community setting (many in the home) with only small numbers alleged to have taken place in a residential/nursing setting (14%) and 5% in a hospital setting.
Healthwatch Islington decided to carry out some research with a small number of voluntary organisations to identify how the process of raising an alert, and the subsequent contact from the Access Team, works in practice.
The decision to look at the process arose because concerns were raised with Healthwatch about the ease of raising an alert and obtaining information about the response.
See their report here.