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Understanding the outcome of police safeguarding notifications to social services in South Wales

Ford, Kat, Newbury, Annemarie, Bezeczky, Zoe, Evans, Jessica, Hughes, Karen, Roderick, Janine, Davies, Alisha R and Bellis, Mark A 2019. Understanding the outcome of police safeguarding notifications to social services in South Wales. Police Journal 10.1177/0032258X19836144

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Abstract

In the UK, demand for the police has changed, with the majority of calls now vulnerability-related. Police safeguarding notifications (N=3,466) over a one-year period for a local authority in Wales were matched to social care records. Over half (57.5%) of notifications were referred to social services and only 4.8% received social service input (e.g. social worker intervention). Over a third of individuals had repeat notifications in the study year. Findings evidence high levels of police-identified vulnerability and an imbalance in vulnerability-related risk thresholds across agencies. Furthermore, some individuals require more appropriate action to mitigate the risk of future safeguarding notifications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Medicine
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0032-258X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 September 2019
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2019 12:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/121110

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