- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Joyce Watson AM has today given her support to Age Cymru’s ‘Rule Out Abuse’ campaign, which calls on the Welsh Government to introduce new legislation to strengthen support and protection for victims of elder abuse.
An estimated 39,000 older people in Wales suffer abuse in their own homes with that abuse taking many forms including physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Currently there is no legal obligation on public authorities to investigate when concerns are raised that an adult is at risk of being abused.
To show her support Joyce Watson AM has signed the “Rule Out Abuse” charter which lays out ten changes that need to be made to better support and protect vulnerable adults in Wales.
Joyce Watson AM says:
“We need urgent action to protect some of society’s most vulnerable people from harm. This is why I am backing Age Cymru’s campaign and have signed the ‘Rule Out Abuse’ charter.”
“It is concerning that Wales has the highest rate of elder abuse in the UK and I am committed to working with Age Cymru and other organisations to tackle this problem head on.
Abuse can happen anywhere and is most often carried out by people in a position of trust.
The Rule Out Abuse campaign has been developed by Age Cymru following extensive research into ways of tackling elder abuse and consultation with adult protection experts.
The campaign identifies a range of actions which should be taken to better protect adults at risk by increasing awareness and strengthening adult protection processes, so that tackling abuse is given the priority it deserves.
Victoria Lloyd, Age Cymru’s Director of Influencing and Programme Development says:
“Age Cymru is delighted that Joyce Watson AM has given her support to the campaign.
“We believe that a clear legislative framework, outlining legal duties for key agencies to tackle abuse, would ensure that individuals are adequately supported through the adult protection processes and that each agency brings their specific expertise to stop incidents of abuse.
“This is why Age Cymru feels that introducing a legal obligation to investigate suspected cases of abuse would be a significant step forward in ruling out elder abuse in Wales once and for all”
For further information and to sign the Rule Out Abuse charter visit www.agecymru.org.uk/ruleoutabuse