Central Bedfordshire Council has a duty under the Care Act to make sure that adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect are enabled to live as safely and independently as possible. The Council measures this by understanding the proportion of ‘safeguarding’ enquires it receives against the total number of Adult Social Care customers with which the Council is working. The proportion of adults subject to a safeguarding enquiry was consistently between 1% and 2% throughout the 2016/17 year.
For October to December 2017, 6,189 clients had either an open referral or had a request for service. Of those, 101 were subject to a safeguarding enquiry. This resulted in the percentage figure increasing marginally from 1.5% in September to 1.6% in December.