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4. Keeping people safe – adult safeguarding

Trends in number/volume of cases

In 2016/17 there was a decrease in the number of adult safeguarding referrals received by South Gloucestershire, totalling 1120 compared with 1433 in 2015/16. However, in October 2016 we started counting low level safeguarding incidents separately, and have received 538 of these. When the two figures are added together we have been notified of 1658 safeguarding incidents during 2016/17, which represents a 15% increase on the previous year.

As last year, the largest categories of abuse remain neglect (42%) and physical abuse (23%). The other two large categories are psychological abuse (11.5%) and financial abuse (10%).

There has been an increase in the reporting of sexual abuse (3.6%) up from 3% in 2015/16, domestic abuse (2.4%) up from 1.3% in 2015/16 and organisational abuse (2%) up from 0.4% in 2015/16.

The number of reported adult safeguarding concerns continues to rise each year. In 2016/17 545 concerns were screened in for full enquiries. In 97% of cases we were able to take action to either reduce or remove the risk to the individual concerned. This performance is encouraging and complements the national drive to make safeguarding personal, achieving outcomes from the process that are meaningful to the person at the centre of the safeguarding concern.