Abuse against Barnsley elderly on the rise

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A PROBE is to be held into how elderly and other vulnerable adults are kept safe in Barnsley.

The investigation will be launched by the Personal and Family Wellbeing Scrutiny Commission of Barnsley Council on Thursday.

A report into the abuse of the elderly and vulnerable in Barnsley, prepared for the scrutiny board, reveals between 2011 and 2012 there were 465 referrals for alleged abuse – 13 per cent more than the year before, when there were 409 referrals.

The commission will meet senior representatives from the council, South Yorkshire Police, the NHS and Berneslai Homes.

One of the issues to be discussed is whether more can be done to get local communities involved in keeping older people safe.

Coun Jen Worton, chair of the Scrutiny Commission, said: “Making sure we keep old and vulnerable people safe should be a number one priority.

“I am pleased to say Barnsley has a good record on this, which I hope will continue.

“It is important we remain vigilant and make sure we continue to do all we can to keep people safe from harm. That is why we have launched this investigation. We want to make sure Barnsley performs well now and in the future.”