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16 Jul 2024

Adults at risk of exploitation: Putting the pieces of the jigsaw together

Online meeting

Adults at risk of exploitation: Putting the pieces of the jigsaw together

Tuesday 16 July, 1 pm until 2.30pm


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Recent years have seen a growth in research literature focusing on child exploitation and how a contextual safeguarding approach is required to deal with this extra familial abuse. However, there is very little guidance or research on how best to support adults who are at risk of exploitation.

There is a post code lottery of responses to the issue nationally, leaving many adults at risk falling through gaps in support.

Uniquely, Newcastle City Council utilise Safeguarding Adults Procedures to ensure a coordinated multi-disciplinary response to those adults identified at risk.

Research funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria, Newcastle City Council, and Northumbria University, and led by an experienced safeguarding practitioner, has evaluated how adult exploitation is being managed in Newcastle.

Quantitative analysis of 58 case records were conducted as well as a total of 60 qualitative interviews with adults at risk and their family members, professionals who have experience of working with adults at risk of exploitation and policy makers who have been responsible for ensuring policy and procedures are in place.

From all this combined knowledge and experiences, the analysis identifies what is needed and works effectively at an individual, operational, and strategic level to reduce risk for vulnerable adults.

This project has been led by Kerry Cooke, Safeguarding Adults Manager with 20 years’ experience of working in statutory adult social care at Newcastle City Council, and supported by academic colleagues at Northumbria University. Kerry was awarded an ARC NENC Practice Fellowship to conduct this work alongside her local authority role.

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This event will take place on Microsoft Teams, the access link is made available on the Eventbrite tickets.

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