Responding to a BBC report, which found that one in six councils is failing to protect vulnerable adults in their care, Help the Aged elder abuse campaign manager, Lizzie Jeans, said:
"It is unacceptable that some councils are allowing highly unsuitable people to gain positions of power and responsibility over older, vulnerable people who need protecting from those wishing to do them harm.
"Half a million older people are believed to be abused at any one time in the UK, yet this issue is far lower on public consciousness than domestic violence or child abuse, and shouldn't be. Our current campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse has highlighted how overlooked the abuse of older people has been, with 35 per cent of people never having heard of the term.
"Adult protection is still not on equal par with child protection legislation and this urgently needs to be redressed. Improved vetting of people working with older people must be a Government priority."