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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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The need for theory, critical thinking and practice

The need for theory, critical thinking and practice

(p.9) Two The need for theory, critical thinking and practice
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter makes the case for theory-informed and critically-driven public policy and practice interventions to safeguard older people from abuse. The chapter’s first section sets out the case for ‘theory’, describing what this means and why it matters in social gerontology and adult protection. The second section calls for critical perspectives, critical thinking and critical practice in elder abuse, to create and sustain critically reflexive organisational cultures intolerant of ‘group think’, lazy reasoning, uncritical or poor practice. Overall the chapter argues that without critically informed and theory-driven policy and practice, adult safeguarding policy development and practice interventions run the risk of being ad hoc, at best without worth or at worst damaging to the older person.

Keywords:   theory-informed practice, safeguarding policy, safeguarding critical perspectives, social gerontology, organisational cultures, groupthink, adult protection

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