Elder abuse is a complex, global issue encompassing different types of harm within domestic, community and institutional settings.
It is not just something for us to consider in Wales. The United Nations has called for a global response to protecting the rights of older people. It’s about sharing information on the effects of neglect and abuse, and working to address it.
Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said:
“Raising awareness of elder abuse is a challenge, requiring work from a wide range of individuals and organisations. We need to recognise the tremendous care, support and respect offered to the elderly in most cases.
“Safeguarding and protection are key themes of the Social Services (Wales) Bill which recently went through a period of public consultation. The Bill proposes a legal framework to ensure that the response to abuse of adults, including elder abuse, will be as consistent and robust as the response to child abuse. I’d like to thank all those that responded.”