This report summarises statistical information about alerts and referrals to adult social care safeguarding teams in England. It is based on the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA) data collection for 2011-12. Read more: Health & Social Care Information Centre.
A total 136,000 safeguarding alerts, 108,000 safeguarding referrals and 86,000 completed referrals were reported for vulnerable adults during 2011-12 in England. Numbers of referrals increased by 11 per cent (11,000 referrals) compared to the previous year.
The rate of referrals per 100,000 population was highest in the Midlands; there being 340 and 320 referrals per 100,000 population during 2011-12 in the West Midlands and East Midlands respectively.
Adult Social Care Statistics Team (2013). Abuse of vulnerable adults in england – 2011-12, final report, experimental statistics. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre, March 6th 2013.
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