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

Ford, K, Newbury, A, Meredith, Z, Evans, J, Hughes, K, Roderick, J, Davies, AR and Bellis, MA (2019) Understanding the outcome of police safeguarding notifications to social services in South Wales. Police Journal, 93 (2). pp. 87-108. ISSN 0032-258X

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 11:17
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 09:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/0032258X19836144
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18466
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