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Thursday, 19 January 2017

'Disturbing rise' in elderly abuse reports

In recent months, there has been a "disturbing" rise in the numbers of reports of possible abuse of vulnerable elderly people in England.

Highlighted by the BBC Panorama program which aired abused at a home owned by the Morleigh Group in November 2016.  This was not the first Panorama investigation highlighting abuse and I’m certain that sadly it’s not likely to be the last.

Through Freedom on Information requests The Edith Ellen Foundation has found that an increase of 3% has been reported.  Reported abuse levels 5 years ago, were at 61% rising to 64% in 2015/16 that equates to over 500,000 older people being abused in the UK with prosecution rates for abuse lowering regardless of the seriousness of the offense!

'Zero tolerance'

There needs to be a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and neglect on our elderly.

Many reported acts of abuse are perpetrated by Social Care Workers, who when asked were not even aware that they, and not their organisation, are responsible and will be held accountable for reports of neglect and abuse.

No matter how you look at the results the numbers are disturbing even with more awareness of abuse in older people being raised.  Any abuse should not be tolerated and is unacceptable.

If you have concerns or suspect that your loved one is being abused or that someone you know is being abused, then contact the police straight away.
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