Thirty six per cent of abuse of vulnerable adult allegations happen in care homes


Elderly eyes-Care Industry NewsFour in ten abuse allegations were about incidents reported to have been in victim’s own home


Council2 investigations into alleged abuse of adults with care and support needs were most often about incidents reported to have happened in the victim’s own home, statistics released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show3.
Among investigations that concluded in 2013-14, 42 per cent (41,560) of allegations were about incidents reported to have occurred in the victim’s own home. The next most common location for alleged abuse was care homes (36 per cent or 35,810 allegations)4.
The Safeguarding Adults Return, Annual Report, England 2013-14, Experimental  Statistics5 provides information about investigations made by councils into alleged abuse against adults aged 18 and over who have care and support needs. It shows:


  • Councils opened investigations for 104,050 individuals with care and support needs in 2013-14. Of these individuals

– 60 per cent (61,990) were women,
– 63 per cent (65,380) were aged  65 or over
– 51 per cent (52,670) had a physical disability, frailty or sensory impairment
For investigations that concluded in 2013-14:

  • 49 per cent (48,150) of allegations were about perpetrators who were known to the victim but not in a social care capacity, 36 per cent (35,910) were about social care and support employees and the remaining 15 per cent (15,140) were about someone unknown to the victim6.
  • The most common type of abuse reported was neglect and acts of omission (30 per cent or 36,090), followed by physical abuse (27 per cent or 32,770), financial abuse (18 per cent or 22,270) and psychological/emotional abuse (15 per cent or 18,700)7.

HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning, said: “This report sheds light on the extent and type of abuse reported to have been perpetrated on some of our most vulnerable citizens.
“Councils and policy makers are encouraged to use it in their work to protect adults who have care and support needs.”
You can find the full report at



  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England’s trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Councils referred to in this report are the 152 Councils with Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England.
  3. This report collects counts of individuals who were involved in investigations (termed referrals in the report) that opened during 2013-14 – some of these investigations may not also have concluded during 2013-14. It also separately looks at allegations made within investigations that concluded during 2013-14, some of which may have been launched in previous years. The statistics in this press release giving breakdowns by the location, the identity of alleged perpetrators and types of abuse relate to investigations that were concluded. Because an investigation may include allegations about more than one perpetrator or location or type of abuse, the base number for the allegations on these topics varies and is given in the footnotes related to the statistics.
  4.  Out of a total of 99,190 allegations reported in investigations that concluded in 2013-14.
  5. This is the first year that the Safeguarding Adults Return (SAR) collection has taken place and been published. It replaces a previous data collection, the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA) return, which ended in 2012-13. These changes were made as a result of the of the Zero Based Review of Adult Social Care data collections. The data in the two reports are not directly comparable and therefore it is not possible to compare the findings in this year’s SAR to previous years AVA data.
  6. Out of a total of 99,190 allegations.
  7. Out of a total of 122,140 allegations. Other types of abuse reported were sexual abuse (5 per cent or 6,440), institutional abuse (4 per cent of 4,570) and discriminatory abuse (1 per cent or 1,300)


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