A GROUND-BREAKING agreement has been signed for the protection of adults with learning disabilities.

The decree, signed by the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Care Agency, aims to safeguard adults leaving residential care without permission.

The organisations will now work together to identify individual levels of risk and ensure vulnerable adults are returned to safety as soon as possible and are not exploited.

The Minister for Health, Care and Justice, Neil Costa believes that the agreement will provide peace of mind for families caring for those with a disability.

“We are confident that these mechanisms will effectively support individuals with learning disabilities, who leave residential care without authorization.

“By bringing together the professional resources of the Care Agency and the Royal Gibraltar Police, the protocol will provide assurances to family members that there are agreed systems in place,” he concluded.