Older people’s care pathway and guidance notes

Guidance to help practitioners support older people from disclosure through to risk assessment and referral

On average, victims aged over 60 experience abuse for twice as long as younger victims before seeking help. There are many reasons why it can be difficult for older victims to speak out. And these barriers don’t go away when someone has disclosed.

The older people’s referral/care pathway and guidance notes have been created to:

  • map out the process for practitioners, guiding them through a disclosure from an older person to the implementation of a risk assessment and referral to specialist and statutory services
  • offer a common tool to agencies who refer into the Marac process
  • ensure that the Idva works in parallel partnership with the Marac, adult social care and health to ensure an effective process and good outcomes for the older person.

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