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Between the 24th and 28th June 2019, professionals national wide are coming together to learn about the practices of Safeguarding, raising awareness and helping to emphasise one of the key themes ‘Safeguarding is everyone’s business’.

In November 2018, the Office of National Statistics provided an overview of the UK population, providing analysed data showing the UK has seen trends of an increasing elderly population, year on year.

The ONS reported, “In 1997, around one in every six people (15.9%) were aged 65 years and over, increasing to one in every five people (18.2%) in 2017 and is projected to reach around one in every four people (24%) by 2037.”

In 1995, the charity Action on Elder Abuse took a level of consultation with the financial support of the Westminster Department of Health; bringing about the very first definition of Elder Abuse. Since this date, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has adopted this definition and it is now used across a number of countries. Elder Abuse is defined as, "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person. Elder abuse can take various forms such as financial, physical, psychological and sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.”

The World Health Organisation estimates that 15.7% of those aged 60 years or over, are subjected to abuse. However, this statistic is according to WHO, likely to be underestimated, as many cases of elder abuse are not reported.

The WHO states that “Elder abuse has serious consequences for individuals and society including serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences, increased risk of nursing home placement, use of emergency services, hospitalization and death.”

The organisation also states that urgent public health action is needed to protect the rights of older people, by understanding prevention, detection and how best to address elder abuse.

Natalie Marrison, Head of the Personal Injury and Abuse team here at Ramsdens Solicitors leads a team who act sensitively on behalf of families whose loved ones have been abused by those placed in positions of responsibility for their care. Should you or a family member wish to have a confidential, no obligation discussion then please do not hesitate to contact Ramsdens Abuse team on 0800 804 450. Alternatively, fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.