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Elderly: Abuse

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures his Department has in place for routine scrutiny of serious case reviews in respect of elder abuse; (240487)

(2) which serious case reviews his Department took into account in preparing its consultation document on safeguarding vulnerable adults and the No Secrets guidance.

Serious case reviews are locally commissioned and reviewed. The Department does not routinely review local serious case reviews. As part of the development of the consultation document on the review of “No Secrets”, research commissioned on serious case reviews was considered: this involved 15 reports of serious case reviews. The Department commissioned and funded King’s College London to undertake this research in England and Wales. A research report is expected to be published this winter.