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Reports of sexual abuse against disabled adults between 2022 and 2023

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Dear FOI Team,

I write to make an updated FOI request on the number of reports of sexual abuse against disabled adults received by this authority between May 2022 and June 2023.

I would like the information to be broken down into the following:

i) The number of reports of sexual abuse against disabled adults, broken down into months, and a grand total;

ii) In each case, whether the victim had a learning disability or physical disability, or both;

iii) Whether each report resulted in an investigation, and the outcome of said investigation;

Please provide the information in Excel format.

Yours faithfully,

Oliver Murphy

Info Rights, Warwickshire County Council

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Information request
Our reference: 9296377

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Dear Oliver Murphy
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 1 August
2023. We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000
 
Under our normal statutory requirements we are required to provide you
with a response within 20 working days of the receipt of your request.
Therefore we aim to send a response by 31 August 2023. 
 

In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.

 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your right to request an internal review and to
complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
  
 

 Kind regards

Bruce Green
Information Rights Officer

Information Management Team
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412211

 

 

 

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Warwickshire County Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 9296377

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Dear Oliver Murphy
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
I am writing to ask you to clarify your request.

This is because we need further details from you in order to identify and
locate the correct information information to answer your request, please
see the text below.

The officer looking at your request has advised:

Please can we get clarification on what 'disabled adult' means.  Looking
at the request I would say we're looking at those with a physical
disability or learning disability primary support reason, but that won't
include any older people with frailty, access and mobility needs etc.  
Please could we clarify what 'disabled' means and whether it should
include anyone of any age with a physical need or specifically younger
adults with a physical disability. 
 
The information below from the statutory data dictionary may help the
requester to clarify.
Learning Disability Support:
Primary Support Reason that should be utilised in relation to clients who
need assistance to  understand new or complex information. Learning
Disability Support covers a very wide spectrum. The following list gives
examples of types of support that could be included in this
classification:
* help to keep safe and free from harm or neglect
* assistance to live independently
* support with social and educational activities
* help with communication
* support for work or training
An individual may have a learning disability but would not be recorded
under Primary Support Reason 'Learning Disability support' if their
primary reason for support identified at assessment is identified as
falling under one of the other classifications.
Mental Health Support:
Primary Support Reason which covers a very wide range of support for
mental health and mental illnesses. The following types of support provide
illustrative examples of the type of care that may be provided;
* Support with living independently in their own home, or having support
to improve their home
* Support to go out, (perhaps with a personal assistant)
* Support to keep them motivated
* Someone to confide in, so they could talk over problems
* Support to travel independently
 
Physical Support: Access & mobility only:
Primary Support Reason for clients to live as independently as possible
and to perform day-to-day tasks. Examples of these could include:
* Getting in and out of chairs and beds
* Getting up and down stairs
* A 24-hour response service
Physical Support: Personal care support:
Primary Support Reason for clients who need assistance with their personal
care;
Physical assistance given to a person in connection with:
a) i. Eating or drinking (including the administration of parenteral
nutrition);
ii. Toileting (including in relation to menstruation);
iii. Washing or bathing;
iv. Dressing;
v. Oral care, and
vi. The care of skin, hair and nails (with the exception of nail care
provided by a chiropodist or podiatrist), and
b) Where needed the prompting and supervision of a person to do any of the
types of personal care listed above, where that person is unable to make a
decision for themselves in relation to performing such an activity without
such prompting and supervision.
Sensory Support: Support for dual impairment: 
Primary Support reason for clients with both hearing difficulties and
visual impairment. 
Sensory Support: Support for hearing impairment: 
Primary Support Reason for clients with hearing difficulties, examples of
the types of support offered could include:
* Rehabilitation
* Training in practical and coping skills
* Equipment and adaptations

Sensory Support: Support for visual impairment:
Primary Support Reason for clients living with a visual impairment.
Examples of the types of support offered could include:
* Rehabilitation
* Training in practical and coping skills
* Equipment and adaptations
* Mobility and safer travel
Social Support: Asylum seeker support:
Primary Support Reason for registered asylum seekers.
Examples of the types of support offered to asylum seekers could include:
* Supported access to health, housing or education services
* Language/interpreter support
* Providing Advice & Information
* Access to legal advice
Social Support: Substance misuse support: 
Primary Support Reason for clients  who have regular and problematic
intoxication through excessive consumption of and / or dependence on
psychoactive substances. It includes the use of both legal and illegal
drugs and includes alcohol.
Examples of the types of services offered for substance misuse include:
* Community drug & alcohol services
* Rehabilitation
* Harm reduction interventions
Social Support: Support for Social Isolation/Other: 
Primary Support Reason for clients where the intention is to reduce their
social isolation, such as sitting and befriending services.
It should also be used to capture any support services that do not easily
sit within any other primary support reason sub-classes. It is not
anticipated that many clients will be reported within this sub-class.

Social Support: Support to Carer:
Primary Support Reason for clients where the intention is to support the
non-paid carer of the client
Support with Memory & Cognition:
Primary Support Reason for clients that need support and services for
conditions affecting their thinking, knowing, awareness and remembering
processes. The types of processes requiring support for the client,
identified by the Alzheimer's Society as commonly affected in cognitive
impairment, are:
* day-to-day memory
* planning
* language
* attention
* visuospatial skills ('visuo' referring to eyesight and 'spatial'
referring to space or location), which give a person the ability to
interpret objects and shapes
The degree of impairment requiring support can range from very subtle to
very severe. Support with Memory and Cognition is associated most often
with conditions such as dementia or physical causes such as an acquired
brain injury.
 
 
Therefore, I should be grateful if you would clarify what you mean by
'disabled adults' as outlined above.
 
 
I will not be able to take this matter further without this extra
information from you, please let me know by 30th October 2023.  If I do
not hear from you within the timeframe provided, I shall take it that you
do not wish to pursue this request and will consider the request closed.  
 
If you need assistance, please contact me at: 
[1][Warwickshire County Council request email] in the first instance. 
 
 
Kind regards
 
 
Bruce Green
Information Rights Officer
Information Management Team
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412211
 
 
 
 
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