New figures show that the number of safeguarding concerns reported in Cornwall has almost doubled in a year.
The Cornwall’s Safeguarding Adults Board attributes the growth to the increase in awareness and reporting of safeguard issues.
The Board’s annual report reveals that in 2017/18 there were 5,433 safeguarding cases started, compared to 2,955 the year before.
In addition to the figures from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cornwall Council social services, figures from Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust were also included. As a result, the figures are not directly comparable to the previous year’s.
The report also gives information about the safeguarding concerns that have been reported. They include neglect, acts of omission, financial, material or psychological abuse.
The Safeguarding Adults Board brings together all the agencies which are responsible for caring for vulnerable adults. This includes Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Cornwall Police and health trusts in the county.
In its annual report, the independent chairman of the Safeguardian Adults Board, Fiona Field, said:
“We need to concentrate further on issues such as mental health, learning disability and people who have lifestyles that may put them at risk at home”.
The Safeguarding Adults Board annual report is set to go before Cornwall Council’s health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday, 28th November.