Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire adult abuse reports rise by 65%

The number of reports of adult abuse in Worcestershire dealt with by the council's adult protection staff has gone up by more than 65%.

Staff have dealt with 734 reports, compared with 444 in 2008/09.

The figures were revealed in an annual report compiled by the county's safeguarding adults board.

The rise was attributed to an increased awareness by the public of safeguarding issues and what to do if they suspect mistreatment, the council said.

The council said it needed "the eyes and ears of the people of Worcester to ensure the work to stop abuse of vulnerable adults within the county continues".

A vulnerable adult was someone over the age of 18 who might be unable to protect themselves from significant harm or serious exploitation because of a physical or mental disability, age or illness, the authority added.

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