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Safeguarding older people from abuseCritical contexts to policy and practice$
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Angie Ash

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305668.001.0001

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Contexts to safeguarding older people from abuse

Contexts to safeguarding older people from abuse

(p.1) One Contexts to safeguarding older people from abuse
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the book’s themes and origins. The book originated in the author’s work on a number of independent case reviews where an older person had suffered abuse. These, variously, indicated the influence wider social and political contexts had on the actions and decisions professionals made when safeguarding an older person from abuse. The chapter outlines the book’s call for ‘right action’ – theory-informed, critically aware, ethically-driven policy and practice – in the care, support and safeguarding of older people from abuse. In considering ‘failures’, where older people have suffered serious abuse, the chapter trails the book’s case for a rigorous, lucid and critical use of theoretical concepts, theory-informed research and learning in adult safeguarding policy and practice.

Keywords:   elder abuse critical contexts, adult safeguarding, safeguarding policy, ethical practice

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