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Three reports providing official adult social care statistics released by NHS Digital today

05 October 2016: NHS Digital has today published three reports which include the latest statistics on the safeguarding and care of vulnerable adults in England.

*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report, England 2015-162 contains information about safeguarding referrals, which were opened and/or concluded during the reporting period.

This is the first time that such information has been published since local authorities were given new safeguarding duties under the safeguarding adults section of the Care Act 20142.

The report details the number of referrals raised with councils for adults at risk of abuse and breaks them down by gender, location of risk and the results of the investigations.

Also included are the types of alleged abuse, which range from physical, sexual and psychological to financial, neglect, discrimination and institutional.

Also published today is Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF), England - 2015-163, which report on how well care and support services provided by the adult social care system achieve the outcomes that matter most to people involved in delivering high-quality, personalised care and support.

The measures are split into four domains:

1. Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs
2. Delaying and reducing the need for care and support
3. Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support
4. Safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting from avoidable harm

The ASCOF is part of a range of outcomes frameworks (alongside those of public health and the NHS) which is used (both locally and nationally) to set priorities for care and support, and to strengthen transparency and accountability.

Community Care Statistics: Social Services Activity, England 2015-16 is the third report to be published today. It contains information taken from council administrative systems used to record the process of assessing eligibility for state-funded social care and providing services where people are eligible.

The report is based on data which have been taken from the Short and Long Term Services (SALT) collection4, which covers short and long term social care and provides information on the primary reason people need support.

The full reports are at:

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report, England 2015-16: 

Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England: 

Community Care Statistics: Social Services Activity, England 2015-16: 


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. As at 22 August 2016, NHS Digital was responsible for 93 active (currently published or planned for future release) series of Official Statistics of which 29 are designated as National Statistics. During the 2015/16 financial year (01/04/15 to 31/03/16), NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit at

2. The Safeguarding Adults report replaced the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA) report in 2013-14. It covers similar subject areas to the earlier AVA reports but there are no directly comparable data items. Alerts and action types are no longer collected and demographics are recorded based on counts of individuals rather than enquiries. Time series analysis across the two data sources is not possible. The Safeguarding Adults under the Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. This means that some definitions and terminology have changed between 2014-15 and 2015-16. More information on changes and definitions can be found in the report.

3. For more information on ASCOF please visit:

4. This is the second year that data for Community Care Statistics and some ASCOF measures have been taken from the Short and Long Term Services (SALT) collection. Councils were provided with the opportunity to revise their 2014-15 data; as such, some data have been updated. In 2014-15, the SALT collection replaced the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care (RAP) return and the Adult Social Care Combined Activity Return (ASC-CAR). No data comparisons are available in this report with data from those returns.

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