If you feel that the
clauses detailed below are necessary for the protection of adults who are at
risk of, or who are experiencing abuse, then please email Lord Howe who is
leading the Government position in the House of Lords. Explain to him why you
think these matters are important to you and, if possible, give him examples of
where they would have made a difference. He can be contacted at:
The Adult Safeguarding clauses of the draft Bill are insufficient to ensure the protection of people who are subject to abuse and who cannot protect themselves without outside assistance.
Powers to stop abusers imprisoning victims in their own homes: 40% of safeguarding referrals are about people living in their own home; there are a significant number of occasions where access to an abused older person is denied by the very person who is abusing them. While there are instances where practitioners successfully use the law or another creative manner to gain access, all too often that access is dependent upon the co-operation of the abuser
A duty on agencies to notify the Local Authority if they believe an adult may be at risk of abuse Local Authorities cannot be expected to identify all abuse by themselves, or to rely on the goodwill of others to make referrals. There is a need to underline the responsibility of all agencies to report if they have reasonable belief that an adult is at risk.
A criminal charge of
The extent of abuse and
neglect uncovered in hospitals and care homes, has caused anxiety and outrage
throughout the UK. Current systems and law have been insufficient to deter
abuse, and too often those few perpetrators who reach the courts have sentences
that the pubic consider too lenient.
We are therefore
seeking a new criminal charge of elder/adult abuse to cover circumstances where
an adult uses their relationship or position to cause or allow an older person
or dependent adult to suffer unnecessary physical pain or mental suffering, or
injures their health, or steals, defrauds or embezzles their money or