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Unmet needs and service gaps

Adults :: Safeguarding :: Unmet needs and service gaps

It is likely that there is considerable under reporting of adult abuse, whether in the community, residential or hospital settings and improved awareness raising and reporting may put pressure on the local authority and the wider partner agencies. It is recognised that younger people using mental health services are under represented in safeguarding adult's figures nationally and locally. Current emphasis is on supporting individuals to remain living in their own homes and enable more people with Learning Difficulties to live more independantly in the community. The move to individual budgets and greater use of, for example Direct payments by individuals and carers, are intended to increase peoples choice and control and to ensure that services are better matched to individual needs. This also brings challenges in terms of safeguarding to ensure that the alternative solutions to meet the needs of people are achieved safely. There is a very low rate of prosecution of crimes towards 'vulnerable adults'. The police need the capacity to repond to the complexity of cases where victims are often unable to give a clear and reliable account of what has happened to them. The views of service users who have experienced abuse need to be captured and fed back to develop improved safeguarding practices. We need to ensure the accessibility of main stream services that address domestic abuse and sexual abuse, to disabled people and in particular older women and create services that meet the need of disabled and older people who have been abused. We need to ensure that services meet the needs of vulnerable adults from LBGT and BME groups. We need to develop services that enable disabled people and those with impaired mental capcity to recover from abuse. There is a need for independent health contractors such as general practitioners and dentists etc require support and training in understanding their role and responsibilites in protecting vulnerable adults from abuse.