Six out of ten Notts abuse reports affect older people

11 June 2018

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Almost six out of ten adult abuse reports to Nottinghamshire County Council relate to people aged over 65 according to 2017/18 figures.

This Friday (15 June) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to educate people how to prevent abuse, or how to get help if they or someone they know are being abused or are at risk of abuse or neglect.

There were 2,786 abuse reports relating to people aged over 65 in 2017/18, 1,575 warranted further enquiries with people by the Council, and examples of abuse include physical, sexual, financial and neglect.

The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board carries out training with key professionals such as social workers, care home managers and police officers to help ensure they report safeguarding concerns effectively.

The district breakdown of abuse reports affecting residents aged over 65 are as follows:

District

Reports of Abuse

Leading to full enquiry

Ashfield

442

249

Bassetlaw

441

278

Broxtowe

307

164

Gedling

353

181

Mansfield

411

252

Newark and Sherwood

472

279

Rushcliffe

312

153

Out of area

48

19

Total

2,786

1,575

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We receive more reports about abuse affecting older people than any other age group and World Elder Abuse Day is shining a light on this important international issue.

“We should never tolerate any form of abuse so we encourage local people to keep an eye on older people they may know and report anything of concern to us, particularly if you believe they are being subjected to abuse or neglect.”

People who have concerns about an adult being abused should contact the County Council on 0300 500 80 80. For more information visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/abuse

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