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Care Homes: Protection

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made on the implementation of a performance indicator to measure the effectiveness of protection processes for vulnerable adults; and if he will make a statement; (201283)

(2) what progress has been made on the introduction of a mandatory scheme for the collection and reporting of data by adult protection committees on vulnerable adult referrals; what resources his Department has provided for the project to date; and what resources it plans to provide in the next three financial years.

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: A working group has been set up, comprising representatives from the Information Centre for health and social care, the Department, councils with adult social services responsibilities, Action on Elder Abuse, ‘Respond’ and academics.

A pilot data collection is planned for 2008-09, with a view to implementing a full data collection across all councils from 1 April 2009. The introduction of the national data collection will enable work to begin on developing an effective monitoring system, which will help support our drive to improve the lives of vulnerable and older people and the delivery of social care services.

The Department plans to provide the following resources to fund the project for the next three years.



Identifying information requirements, development and set up costs including development of information technology collection tool.



Developing analysis tools and answering queries.



Collecting, analysing and disseminating data.


Once we have established the feasibility of collecting these data, we will be in a position to consider the development of a performance indicator.