Over 1,000 vulnerable adults protecting their fears in the Royal Quarter
More than 1,000 protection issues have been reported involving vulnerable adults in Windsor and Maidenhead in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.
Age UK has said abuse and neglect may have flourished behind closed doors during times of lockdown, contributing to a sharp national increase in the number of concerns reported to councils between April 2020 and March this year.
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NHS Digital figures show 1,785 concerns about adults in need of care and support were reported to Windsor and Maidenhead council during this period, up from 1,535 in the previous year – a difference of 16%.
Nationally, nearly 500,000 protection issues were reported that year, up 5% from 2019-2020, with the very old – those over 85 – the most likely to be affected. ‘to be the subject of it.
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said elder abuse was a serious concern, adding: “Hundreds of thousands of older people are affected each year and we expect the pandemic to make matters worse.
“This is because of the increased stress in our society and because abuse and neglect tend to flourish behind closed doors, of which there has been more than usual in the past 18 months or so.”
If boards believe that a vulnerable adult is being or is at risk of being abused or neglected, they must conduct a section 42 investigation to determine whether action should be taken.
About 505 such investigations were launched in Windsor and Maidenhead in the year to March, down from the 575 that started in 2019-20.
About 525 of those investigations ended in 2020-2021, with the board finding the highest proportion of allegations in the region related to negligence and acts of omission.
The greatest number of incidents took place in a person’s own home, with the source of risk in Windsor and Maidenhead most often being a service provider.
Across England, where most incidents were likely to occur at home or in care facilities, allegations of neglect, physical, emotional or financial abuse were the focus of most investigations.
In Windsor and Maidenhead, there were 255 investigations of negligence or acts of omission, 85 of physical abuse, 85 of emotional abuse, and 100 investigations of financial abuse.
By the numbers – which are rounded to the nearest five – there have been over 9,000 cases of sexual abuse or exploitation investigated nationwide.
Kate Terroni, chief inspector of adult social services at the Care Quality Commission, an independent regulator of healthcare and social services in England, called the latest figures worrying, but said providers had gone beyond to provide high quality care during the pandemic.
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She added: “However, when concerns are brought to our attention, we will not hesitate to act.
“When we see that people are in danger, we will not hesitate to take other regulatory measures to ensure the safety of people and respect for human rights. ”
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said the government was helping councils to carry out protection tasks effectively and had provided billions of unearmarked funds to enable local authorities to continue providing services. throughout the pandemic.