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

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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.


  • Safeguarding, vulnerability, Policing, Prevention
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-108
Number of pages21
JournalThe Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Issue number2
Early online date19 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

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