This week it was reported that the police and social workers should be given power to stop abuse of the elderly by being given permission to enter the houses of those that were felt to be at risk.

Under current law, family members can currently refuse to allow social workers from speaking to elderly relatives and ban them from entering their homes in order to investigate even if there are suspicions a person is in danger.

It was reported that this approach would not and is not tolerated in suspected abuse involving children and on this basis the law has been condemned.

On this basis Action on Elder Abuse are campaigning for a much more comprehensive response to the need to protect adults to abuse from people in positions of trust and responsibility.  As part of their campaign AEA is calling for a new criminal charge of elder/adult abuse to cover circumstances where an adult uses their position or relationship to cause or allow an older person or dependant to suffer unnecessary physical pain or mental suffering.