It’s not only children who can be protected against vulnerability by London family law specialists; newly published figures show that a substantial number of adults are also in need of protection.
ONS statistics reporting on the abuse of vulnerable adults in England, 2012-13, show that 173,000 ‘safeguarding alerts’ and 112,000 ‘safeguarding referrals’ were issued for individuals aged 18 and over.
Among the vulnerable individuals affected, 61% were female, and 61% were over the age of 65.
Perhaps most worryingly of all, nearly a quarter of safeguarding incidents – 23% of those recorded in 2012-13 – cited a partner or family member as the believed source of harm.
The capital is among the locations with the highest prevalence of referrals, at 295 per 100,000 population – behind only the north-west (300) and West Midlands (320).
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As such, London family law specialists have an important role to play in ensuring the correct individuals are given protective powers over vulnerable adults.
In many ways, this can be a greater concern even than child custody, as it is potentially a much longer commitment, with even larger costs involved – and the statistics show it is important to ensure from the outset that protective powers are given to the correct individuals.