9 out of 10 cases of older adults abuse unreported

By on 14/06/2010 in News

A new bus poster campaign aims to raise awareness of the mistreatment and neglect of adults, older adults in particular, and how to report suspected abuse. 

It is estimated that more than 5,500 older adults are abused in their own homes in Birmingham every year, the majority by family and friends. However, only 560 cases were reported to the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board in 2009.

This does not include those who live in a care home or have a mental health problem. There are also adults under 65 with physical, sensory and learning disabilities or a mental health problem who are at risk of abuse.

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board will be supporting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by launching a poster ad campaign on Birmingham buses, as well as council information posters on display across the city.

Pete Morgan, Birmingham City Council head of service for safeguarding adults, said: 

“Vulnerable adults need our care and protection.

“Last year, 560 older people living in their own home were referred to the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Procedures, approximately one in ten of the estimated total being abused.

“The city council, our health partners and the police are working to constantly improve reporting mechanisms, as well as raising awareness of the issue whenever possible.”

If people suspect an older adult is being abused, they can contact 0121 303 1234 or email olderpeoplesaccessservice@birmingham.gov.uk 
 

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

Note to Editors

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board brings together the city council, the local health organisations and the police to work to ensure that all vulnerable adults are effectively protected from violence and neglect.

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board has a policy and procedure document to enable staff from different sectors to work together to safeguard vulnerable adults. This document is available, along with further information, from (www.birmingham.gov.uk/safeguardingadults).

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