Background/introduction Adult safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable adults from harm or exploitation. In 2014 our sexual health clinic introduced an adult safeguarding proforma and a regular adult safeguarding meeting.
Aim(s)/objectives To evaluate the impact of a new safeguarding pathway.
Methods Retrospective case note review of patients entered onto the safeguarding database from April-December 2015.
Results Of 14833 adult attendances, 148 patients were identified as vulnerable (1.0% vs 0.3% in 2013, p < 0.0001). Notes were available for 135/148. Median age was 30 years (range 18–70); 74% female; 17% homosexual or bisexual. Main reasons for attendance were STI screening (69%) and contraception (11%). 13% of females were pregnant. Vulnerability was identified by the clinician in 64% and disclosed by the patient or carer in 27%. Mental health problems were reported in 60%; a violent or pressurised relationship in 53%; drug or alcohol consumption in 55%. 13% were asylum seekers; 7% were victims of trafficking. 7% had learning disabilities. 4% reported sex with a person in a position of trust. Two or more vulnerability factors were identified in 86%. 2% lacked capacity. 70% were discussed at the Adult safeguarding meeting, 27% were referred to the Trust safeguarding team. Other referrals included social services (7%), mental health services (5%) and police (3%). 14% had responsibility for children aged <18 years; 5% required child safeguarding input.
Discussion/conclusion A large number of vulnerable adults attend our service, highlighting the importance of robust safeguarding procedures. Greater numbers were identified following introduction of a new safeguarding pathway.
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