Report 41: Prevention in adult safeguarding

Identifying people at risk of abuse

'Risk factors associated with abuse identified within services can also help point the way for developing appropriate prevention strategies.'

Introduction

A consistent theme in the literature is the value of identifying factors that indicate an increased risk of abuse among adults at risk in the interests of prevention; see for example the work of Kalaga and Kingston.(7) Identifying risk factors can help to prevent abuse by raising awareness among staff and service managers of the people in their care who may be most at risk of abuse. If staff are aware of risk factors, they can use these insights to develop effective risk assessments and prevention strategies.

This section presents risk factors identified in relation to characteristics of adult at risk, family carers who become abusers, as well as in relation to features of services where abuse occurs.