LAW ENFORCEMENT - ADULT PROTECTION TEAM - SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AND INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST VULNERABLE PEOPLE INCLUDING DOMESTIC ABUSE AND HATE CRIME
- 20 February 2017
- South East
- Emergency Services Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance, Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
ENSURING PEOPLE WHO OFFEND AGAINST VULNERABLE VICTIMS ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. DEDICATING SPECIALIST AND APPROPRIATELY TRAINED RESOURCES ARE DEPLOYED TO VULNERABLE VICTIMS TO SUPPORT THEM THROUGH THE INVESTIGATIVE/JUDICIAL PROCESS.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
OFTEN VICTIMS FIND THE INTERVIEW/EVIDENCE-GIVING PROCESS DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES TRAUMATIC. IN ADDITION, DESPITE SPECIALIST TRAINING, IT IS OFTEN VERY HARD TO BRING PROSECUTIONS WHERE THE VICTIM DOES NOT HAVE CAPACITY OR IS OTHERWISE UNABLE TO MAKE A FORMAL COMPLAINT OF CRIME. BRINGING PEOPLE TO JUSTICE WHO OFFEND AGAINST VULNERABLE PEOPLE REMAINS A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE WITH MUCH TO BE DONE AND OFTEN THE EMPHASIS IS ON PREVENTION RATHER THAN CURE.