This report presents information about adults at risk for whom safeguarding concerns or enquiries were opened during the reporting period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, and case details for safeguarding enquiries which concluded during the reporting period. A safeguarding concern is where a local authority is notified about a risk of abuse, follows up the notification with information gathering, and if appropriate, instigates an investigation (enquiry) under the local safeguarding procedures.
This is the second reporting year since safeguarding adults became a statutory duty for local authorities on 1 April 2015. Some of the terminology and definitions used in this report have changed from previous publications to meet current practices including some fields in the data submission that were previously voluntary now being mandatory. Care should be taken when making comparisons to previous years due to these changes.