Report reveals rise in abuse in care settings

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SUSPECTED cases of abuse in care settings across Hampshire rose by five per cent in a year, according to a report.

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board Statement of Accountability for 2011/12 says suspected abuse cases across the county in settings where care is provided rose from 2,029 in 2010/11 to 2,145 in 2011/12. But the report says the increase was down to improved recording.

It states that in 2010/11, 42 per cent of cases of alleged abuse was reported in a person’s home, while abuse within residential or nursing care settings accounted for 35 per cent.

A year later, the results reversed with abuse within a residential or nursing home accounting for 41 per cent, and 32 per cent in a person’s own home, according to the report, which was compiled following the issues raised in BBC Panorama’s Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed.

Cllr Felicity Hindson, executive member for adult social care at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘We take every allegation of abuse seriously and robust safeguarding action is always taken to ensure people are safe and supported.’