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  • Release date: 25 October 2018
  • Period covered: 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
  • Next update: October 2019
An annual report which includes information about reports of abuse or neglect received by local authorities. 

Key points

  • In 2017-18, 19,178 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 34 per cent, 25 per cent and 24 per cent of reports respectively.
  • Of the victims which alleged abuse or neglect, 43.9 per cent took place in their own home and 34.4 per cent took place in care home settings.
  • Paid employees were most likely to be alleged responsible for the abuse/neglect (46.5 per cent) followed by relatives/friends (29.0 per cent).
  • Of the number of investigations that concluded during the year, 27.0 per cent were criminal investigations.


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