Increase in adult abuse cases!

Harrow specific number of allegations of abuse of people using social care services has increased, reveals the information obtained by the Harrow Monitoring Group.
In the past sixteen months, 854 abuse cases involving 653 victims have been recorded, according to the figures released to us under the freedom of information. This includes 221 cases of physical abuse, 188 emotional, 54 sexual, 151 financial fraud cases and 240 others.
According to the Harrow Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2013/2014, social care staff e.g. “domiciliary care workers”, “other family members” and “partner” were the most commonly alleged persons causing harm. The highest percentage of abuse being in the service user’s own home is much higher than national.
The council has paid £19,799,260 for the residential care and £30,739,181 for the care at home, total £49 million, in the past sixteen months.
Currently only people who have savings and assets of less than £23,250 qualify for help at the rate set by the local authority – £612.16 for residential care and £158.54 for care at home.
Nationally, regulators are receiving more than 150 allegations of abuse of the frail and elderly every day.
“There is an important responsibility in the role of those funding care – local authorities or clinical commissioning groups – to really understand what the true cost of care is, what true quality looks like and to make sure they are commissioning services that meet those standards and providers are given the appropriate funding to enable them to do that”, asserts Andrea Sutcliffe, the chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission.
We asked Harrow council what it is doing to stamp out abuse.
“The safeguarding adults team works closely with the police, local health services and the Care Quality Commission to prevent and protect service users from any forms of abuse by sharing information” said assistant director of adults social care.
For the increase in the number of the reported cases, Visva Sathasivam said “this suggests that briefing sessions and training are being effective and people know where to raise their concerns. In that context the numbers are for investigations and not all are substantiated”.