A study of adult protection referrals in two local authorities: an overview of findings for managers and practitioners

Paul Cambridge (Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research, University of Kent, Chatham Maritime, UK)
Jim Mansell (Chair in Applied Psychology of Learning Disability, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Julie Beadle‐Brown (Senior Lecturer, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Alisoun Milne (Reader in Social Gerontology and Social Work in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research, University of Kent, Chatham Maritime, UK)
Beckie Whelton (Research Assistant at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Publication date: 10 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the key findings from a study of adult protection referrals collected by two English local authorities during 1998‐2005.

Design/methodology/approach

Referrals were analysed for patterns relating to risk with client level data supplemented by information from the local authority databases and from the Care Quality Commission. The analysis also examined associations between adult protection processes and outcomes and looked at how adult protection monitoring data could be improved to better inform safeguarding management and practice at local and national level.

Findings

Sexual abuse was most frequently reported for people with intellectual disabilities, who were also at higher risk of abuse when living out of area. Older people were most at risk of financial abuse in community settings and of neglect in residential care.

Originality/value

The study identifies patterns of risk in the abuse of older people and those with intellectual disabilities and informs preventive interventions. It also indicates priorities for improving the quality and comparability of adult protection monitoring data.

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Citation

Cambridge, P., Mansell, J., Beadle‐Brown, J., Milne, A. and Whelton, B. (2011), "A study of adult protection referrals in two local authorities: an overview of findings for managers and practitioners", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 238-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/14668201111178157

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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