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  • Release date: 30 November 2017
  • Period covered: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
  • Next update: 25 October 2018
An annual report which includes information about reports of abuse or neglect received by local authorities. 

It also reports on:

  • the characteristics of adults who may be at risk of harm
  • the types of abuse
  • the locations in which alleged abuse has taken place.

Key points

  • In 2016-17, 15,757 reports were received by Local Authorities, where it was suspected that an adult was at risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Neglect, emotional/psychological and physical abuse were the most common types of abuse reported in completed reports, occurring in 32 per cent, 25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.
  • 53 per cent of completed reports were for people aged 65 and over.
  • Of the victims which alleged abuse or neglect, 43.2 per cent took place in their own home and 37.8 per cent took place in care home settings.
  • Paid employees were most likely to be alleged responsible for the abuse/neglect (52.9 per cent) followed by relatives/friends (27.3 per cent).
  • Of the number of investigations that concluded during the year, 25.9 per cent were criminal investigations.


Information on adult safeguarding has been published previously in the ‘Protection of Vulnerable Adults’ report, however results are not comparable due to changes to definitions in legislation and measurement.


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