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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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Safeguarding older people from abuse

Safeguarding older people from abuse

ethical futures

(p.153) Ten Safeguarding older people from abuse
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter amplifies the book’s call for theory-informed, critically aware and ethically-driven policy and practice in work to safeguard older people from abuse. Hard-wiring elements of an ethic of care – attentiveness, responsibility, competence and responsiveness – into public policy and safeguarding practice are required to counter the pernicious influence of ageism, and a social fear and loathing of dependency and fragility in older age. The chapter argues that without foregrounding morality and an ethic of care into safeguarding policy and practice, reactions to failures of care will become increasingly target-driven and rule-bound with the risk of perpetrating ‘administrative evil’, rather than creating and sustaining ethically-driven compassionate responses to the care and protection of older people from abuse.

Keywords:   theory-informed adult safeguarding, critically aware adult safeguarding, ethically-driven adult safeguarding, ethic of care, administrative evil

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