When AEA was formed back in 1993 no-one had heard of elder abuse. When asked, the Health Minister at the time stated that there was no such problem in Britain. Today no politician would make such a statement. We have changed people’s awareness of the issue, though we have a lot of work to do to now get them to take action.
In that period we have had a Parliamentary Health Select Committee Inquiry into elder abuse (2004), a Prevalence Study into the extent of elder abuse in our communities (2007), a Government review of adult safeguarding policy in England and Wales (2010 onward), Adult Safeguarding clauses in the English Care Act 2014 and substantial influence over the development of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2o14, five BBC programmes on elder abuse (2003), Panorama undercover reporting (various), and the engagement of other organisations on aspects of the issue.
More recently we have turned our attention to the failings of the criminal justice system and successfully intervened in a Hull case where, despite video evidence, the local Safeguarding Board and the police had decided against prosecution. After substantial lobbying by AEA the three abusers faced Court in May 2015 and were convicted and sentenced.