This publication provides the findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. Safeguarding Adults is a statutory duty for Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England under the Care Act 2014, in order to safeguard adults from abuse or neglect. The data is collected directly from these councils, also known as ‘local authorities’ in this publication.
The aim of this publication is to inform users about aspects of safeguarding activity at national, regional and local level. It is labelled as Experimental Statistics as, due to local variation in how safeguarding activity is defined and reported, there are limitations in the interpretation and usage of the data.
The Adult Social Care Analytical Hub, which is an interactive business intelligence tool published alongside the data tables, presents further insight of the data, including breakdowns by local authority.
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.
Modern slavery is a complex crime and may involve multiple forms of exploitation. It encompasses:
- human trafficking
- slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour
An individual could have been a victim of human trafficking and/or slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
Victims may not be aware that they are being trafficked or exploited, and may have consented to elements of their exploitation, or accepted their situation. If you think that modern slavery has taken place, the case should be referred to the NRM so that the Single Competent Authority (SCA) can fully consider the case. You do not need to be certain that someone is a victim.
This guidance explains how to complete the referral form before it is considered by the relevant SCA within the Home Office.
All local authorities within Wales, Greater Manchester, West Midlands Combined Authorities, East Midlands, Croydon, Hampshire and Isle of Wight have become Early Adopter Sites of Independent Child Traﬃcking Guardianship Service.
Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTGs) are professionals who support children who have potentially been trafficked, and the role of an ICTG is outlined in Section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and within the following interim guidance.
ICTGs will provide one-on-one support to trafficked and potentially trafficked children within the Early Adopter Sites where there is no-one with parental responsibility for that child.