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SALFORD COUNCIL SHOCKING STATS FOR ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF VULNERABLE ADULTS
 

Star date: 19th November 2013

OVER HALF OF CASES INVESTIGATED FOUND THAT ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF VULNERABLE ADULTS HAD TAKEN PLACE

Latest statistics from Salford Council show a staggering level of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in the city, with over half of the cases that needed investigating showing that abuse and neglect had `definitely taken place'.

Meanwhile, over 80% of vulnerable adults surveyed agreed that `care and support services' help make them feel safe. Unfortunately, Salford Council is about to slash another £8.9million from adult social care, with its new mantra `Get a life not a service'.

Full details here…


The future for older people in Salford makes for gruesome reading. According to the Council's latest `account' of its elderly population there are currently 33,100 people over 65 in the city, and the figure for those who live alone is forecast to grow from 12,542 (in 2011) to 15,998 in 2030.

Meanwhile, the number of healthy life years people can expect to enjoy in Salford is 56.1 years for men and 59.4 for women. That's 4.5 years for men and 3.5 years for women lower than the England average.

A report to be put before Salford's Health and Wellbeing Board today adds that "Older people often suffer from social isolation (loneliness) and have a negative perception of crime and their safety".

Elsewhere in the report, this concern seems to be borne out with shocking statistics showing that, between April 2012 and March 2013, Salford Council was alerted to 957 possible instances of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in the city. Of these 336 "were dealt with quickly by a social worker and were not counted as abuse or neglect"; while 621 warranted further investigation.

However, only 502 out of the 621 cases were fully investigated before the end of the year, and out of those, 257 cases, or 51%, were "substantiated - meaning that we found that an incident of abuse or neglect had definitely taken place" states the report.

A survey done with elderly service users themselves concluded that almost 82% felt that the Council's care and support services helped them feel safer, underlined, it can be argued, by the fact that so many cases of neglect and abuse were picked up and sorted by the social work team.

Unfortunately, Salford Council's care and support services are currently being slashed with £8.9million of cuts this year, on top of £5.3million during the last financial year.

Already, day care centres at Humphrey Booth in Ordsall and Craig Hall in Irlam have been closed with a loss of 64 related jobs (see here). This month the Salford Star reported how the Council is cutting help for those adults with `moderate needs', despite them stating quite clearly in a survey that they "won't be able to leave home", "will be socially isolated", "nothing would help me manage", "would have no quality of life"… (see here)

Now, under the banner of `Get a life, not a service', Salford Council and its Wellbeing Board, is reducing the very care and support services that make vulnerable adults feel safe, and replacing them with technology and DIY care..

The Council is spinning a cost cutting exercise as a positive move…"focused more on helping people who can regain independence so they require less support in future but also maximise their independence". Or, as it states even more plainly, the cuts will "help vulnerable people to live independently plus helping people to develop their own support."

Leaving vulnerable adults even more isolated in this way will surely lead to more cases of neglect and abuse…

not happy wrote
at 06:24:16 on 21 November 2013
Well that’s it people of Salford have got it all wrong its not the Labour council making the cuts its the Government because, Quote” In 2024, Salford will be a beautiful and welcoming city, driven by energetic and engaged communities of highly skilled, healthy and motivated citizens, who have built a diverse and prosperous culture and economy which encourages and recognizes the contribution of everyone, for everyone" that sounds a bit wrong to me. Taken from Partnership Priority Objectives and Actions 2011-2014 Objective 7: We will improve quality of life, mental health and wellbeing by: Action 7.1: Improving access to services and housing for older people and people with disabilities Action 7.2: Safeguarding vulnerable adults Action 7.3: Ending fuel poverty Ian Stewart (City Mayor) – Chair Ian has a fervent belief in the Health and Wellbeing Board's role in making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of Salford. In his foreword to Salford's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Ian states: ‘From April 2013 the Health and Wellbeing Board, which brings together the NHS, social care, the voluntary sector and interested members of the public, will strategically influence commissioning decisions in health, public health, adult social care and children's services and other areas that affect health and well being such as housing, education and the environment. The aim is to tackle the causes of ill health and help people lead longer, happier and healthier lives.' What a load of Bull S--t the closure of the drop-ins, the mental health groups, the Grange, and all the other drop-ins in Salford more cuts he is on 6500 plus wonder how much he gets paid for this?
 
margaret tunacliffe wrote
at 22:13:48 on 19 November 2013
Salford Council are talking through their arse, how they expect vulnerable adult with moderate needs to look after themselves goes to show they have no regard for their well being or safety or understanding and putting money above all else they are a joke. As for the abuse and neglect this will keep happening because they have no one idea what it take to keep this from happening,they just see on paper how many are vulnerable and what it going to cost ,and if this is happening why in god's name would they then think it's right to put disabled children age from 14(the Grange) into a facility with vulnerable adults.Salford Council safe guarding is a joke and they seriously need to take a closer look at what happening and how they are going to implement policies that are going to work and cutting services isn't one of them.
 
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