Hundreds of reports of abuse against elderly in Gedling borough

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There were over 300 reports of abuse against residents over 65 in Gedling borough over the past year, new figures have revealed.

There were 353 abuse reports made to Nottinghamshire County Council relate to people aged over 65 according to 2017/18 figures.

The figures have been released to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this Friday (15 June),

The awareness day aims to educate people how to prevent abuse, or how to get help if they or someone they know are being abused or are at risk of abuse or neglect.

There were 2,786 abuse reports relating to people aged over 65 in 2017/18, 1,575 warranted further enquiries with people by the Council, and examples of abuse include physical, sexual, financial and neglect.

The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board carries out training with key professionals such as social workers, care home managers and police officers to help ensure they report safeguarding concerns effectively.

The district breakdown of abuse reports affecting residents aged over 65 are as follows:

District Reports of Abuse Leading to full enquiry
Ashfield 442 249
Bassetlaw 441 278
Broxtowe 307 164
Gedling 353 181
Mansfield 411 252
Newark and Sherwood 472 279
Rushcliffe 312 153
Out of area 48 19
Total 2,786 1,575

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We receive more reports about abuse affecting older people than any other age group and World Elder Abuse Day is shining a light on this important international issue.

“We should never tolerate any form of abuse so we encourage local people to keep an eye on older people they may know and report anything of concern to us, particularly if you believe they are being subjected to abuse or neglect.”

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People who have concerns about an adult being abused should contact the County Council on 0300 500 80 80. For more information visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/abuse

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