Police's performance on adult safeguarding issues

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to the latest Adult Safeguarding team newsletter from Harrow Council the police only take action on 7% of adult safeguarding cases that come to them and only prosecuted in 6% of cases, nationally and in Harrow, despite surveys showing that generally victims want the perpetrators prosecuted (with some exceptions for family members). I would like to know why these figures are so low, what kind of resource is put into this and what (if anything) is being done to improve matters?


Answer for Police's performance on adult safeguarding issues

Answer for Police's performance on adult safeguarding issues

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS follows Government guidance on the principles for adult safeguarding and staff receive training on the 'Vulnerability Assessment Framework'. In April 2013, following the findings from the Winterbourne View Serious Case Review, the MPS began recording vulnerable adults at risk of harm on the Merlin system.   Recording will enable the MPS to develop performance frameworks and to identify patterns and trends, to support more effective service delivery.

The MPS has a dedicated Community Safety Unit (CSU) in every London borough that investigates safeguarding related offences. The table below illustrates the number of allegations received by Harrow CSU since April 2013 and how they have been dealt with. The data indicates that Harrow CSU has achieved a 20% sanction detection rate.

Data relates to period since April 2013

No of allegations with vulnerable adult flags

Harrow CSU


Ongoing/open cases


Sanction Detection*


No offence


Closed cases




*A sanction detection is where an offender is charged or summonsed, cautioned, reprimanded or given a final warning, or has an offence taken into account

**This currently equates to a 20% sanction detection rate