The Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in England 2010-11: Final Report, published in March 2012, states that there were approximately 96,000 cases of abuse of Britain’s vulnerable adults between 2010-11.
Safeguarding the rights and liberties of vulnerable adults is a key priority for the coalition government, as was demonstrated with its commitment to publishing a Draft Bill on Social Care in the Queens Speech 2012. In May 2011, the government published its Statement of Government Policy on Adult Safeguarding, which announced that the protection of vulnerable adults would be strengthened by making the existence of Safeguarding Adults Boards, as recommended by the Law Commission, legally mandatory for all local authorities. More recently, in July 2012, the government published it's Caring for our future: reforming care and support White Paper, which sets out it's vision for a reformed care and support system.
Furthermore, in March 2012 the Care Quality Commission published its second annual report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which outlined that some care homes and hospitals are still not meeting their obligations on liberty safeguards. To help local authorities meet these obligations the government will provide an additional £2 billion in local government grant funding by 2014-15, providing a stable financial base for a social care system focused on local priorities and requirements.
With a Social Care Reform White Paper expected to be published imminently, this forum comes at a time of great focus and change on adult safeguarding services, and will offer delegates a unique opportunity to understand the government’s latest vision and strategy for safeguarding vulnerable adults. Delegates will hear from leading experts and officials covering a host of topics including putting government guidance into practice, working in a partnership to provide personalised protections services and the legal obligations of caring for vulnerable adults.
Delegates will include commissioners of health and social care services, home care services, designated nurses for adult protection, carer support groups, health and wellbeing boards, housing officers, heads of workforce development and business improvement, heads of learning disabilities and representatives involved in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults within local Safeguarding Adult Boards and partnerships.
To find our more about this event or to book your place, please visit the Inside Government website.