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Safeguarding Adults: new online comparison tool

15 February 2016: A new online tool has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to make it easier to understand safeguarding statistics at council level.

The tool uses data from the latest Safeguarding Adults Report for 2014-15 and enables the user to analyse key information by council2 and make comparisons based on similar areas and regions across England.

Information is available in the tool to compare safeguarding referrals that concluded in 2014-15 by:

  • case conclusion status (whether allegations were substantiated or not)
  • risk outcomes (whether risk was removed or reduced)
  • sources of risk (social care support, strangers or people known to the alleged victim
  • referral rates (including those by gender) for new safeguarding referrals opened in 2014-15

Charts can also be produced to look at the highest and lowest councils for each safeguarding measure.

Responsible statistician for the report and comparator, Luke Thickins said: "With this interactive dashboard, users can now produce customisable tables and charts to compare local authorities across regions and against their 'nearest neighbour' councils. It should make it easier to highlight differences across the country."

The dashboard is currently available for Safeguarding Adults 2014-15. Further tools may be developed for different reports published in the future for adult social care.

The interactive tool can be found here3:


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Comparator groups are a selection of 15 councils considered to be similar to the chosen council. They are selected according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Nearest Neighbour Model, which identifies similarities between councils based on a range of socio-economic indicators. Further information on this can be found on the CIPFA website at:

  3. Once the Safeguarding Adults 2014-15 page has been opened, scroll to the bottom of the page and open the file called 'comparator dashboard.' Alternatively, click here:

  4. For media queries or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.
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