Protecting vulnerable adults in Rotherham is one of our key priorities. This page explains why this is an important area of work for us and describes what we will do to make sure that vulnerable adults in Rotherham are protected.
Why protecting vulnerable adults in Rotherham is a priority
In Rotherham in 2018, an average of 10 victims were assessed as vulnerable every day. We know that vulnerable people are disproportionately targeted by criminals, and are more likely to become victims of crime.
The age of vulnerable adult victims ranges from 18 to 98 years old, but the most common age range was between 30 and 39 years old, so we know we need to tackle this age range as well as older people who may have traditionally been seen as being the most vulnerable.
A large and growing concern is financial exploitation, or victims being overcharged for services such as gardening jobs or items sold door to door.
Drug and alcohol misuse is high among vulnerable adults, and this issue is related to child protection issues, impaired driving, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse. People who were dependent on opioids and crack cocaine made up an estimated 45% of shoplifting, burglary, vehicle crime and robbery offences. Around 40% of violent crimes are alcohol related.
There were 444 adult missing person reports in 2018 in Rotherham. This is an increase of 3%. We’d like to see this figure decreasing in future years.
What are we doing to protect vulnerable adults in Rotherham?
We are working towards preventing offending by monitoring and reducing the number of first time entrants into the criminal justice system.
We are helping to prevent vulnerable adults from becoming victims of crime by identifying the people at risk, responding to incidents and supporting victims.
We are tackling substance misuse using all our available powers and agency support networks, and making sure people benefit from treatment for drug addiction.
Through the Community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference, we will identify vulnerable adults who need mental health support and make sure that they are referred correctly to get the help they need.
We will pursue and bring to justice the criminals who target vulnerable adults with criminal activity and financial exploitation.
How will we know if we’re getting it right?
Here’s how we will measure the effectiveness of the work we’re doing:
Number of entrants into the criminal justice system
Support people with mental health issues
Number of adult referrals to mental health services
Reduce substance misuse
Number of successful exits from treatment
Prevent vulnerable adults from becoming victims of crime