Adult abuse referrals in Derby increase by 80% annually

The number of adults referred to Derby City Council over fears they were being abused or neglected has increased by 80% over the past year.

About 822 people were checked on last year, with 494 women and 328 men being referred to the city council's Safeguarding Adults Board.

A council spokesman said the increase was the result of a new awareness campaign and improved staff training.

The board's annual report said concerns over adults were taken seriously.

Sally Curtis, city council director of older adults and enablement, said: "Whilst there has been an increase in the number of referrals across all communities in the city, it doesn't necessarily mean there is an increase in the number of people being abused.

"We think the increase is due to an extensive publicity campaign called Keeping Adults Safe in Derby… and an extensive training programme for people working with vulnerable adults."

She said abuse reported could be physical, psychological, sexual or financial in nature, and the attackers could be family, neighbours or work colleagues.

A total of 458 referrals were made to the city's safeguarding board in the previous year.

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