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November 26, 2008

Elder Abuse: Charities and Private Agencies Seek Law on Adult Safeguarding (UK)

Coalition launched in response to consultation on No Secrets
25 November 2008
By Paul Stephenson

Fifty-five organisations from the statutory and voluntary sectors including Action on Elder Abuse, Mind and Voice UK came together to launch a campaign to push for legislation on adult protection this week.
The campaign has been formed in response to the government's consultation on reviewing the No Secrets guidance on vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding framework
Action on Elder Abuse chief executive Gary FitzGerald said: "The consensus is that there needs to be a legislative framework for adult protection. I have yet to find any organisation that disagrees with that."

In the consultation document, the Department of Health said it was open-minded on the case for legislation, but warned a bill was unlikely to be introduced until 2011 at the earliest.

The consultation, which was launched last month, closes at the end of January.

Organisations believe legislation is needed to:
  • Improve interagency working through a duty to co-operate and share information.
  • Give social workers and other professionals the right to enter homes where abuse is suspected.
  • Strengthen adult safeguarding boards.
  • Tackle underfunding of adult protection by giving it greater priority
Abridged
SOURCE: Community Care UK
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