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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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Public policy implementation in street-level bureaucracies

Public policy implementation in street-level bureaucracies

(p.73) Five Public policy implementation in street-level bureaucracies
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter proposes that what happens to an older person after disclosure of abuse depends considerably on the way professionals and practitioners such as social workers, police officers or nurses, understand, use and implement safeguarding policy. This chapter lays out the conceptual backcloth to the research reported in Chapters 6 and 7, Specifically, it reviews Michael Lipsky’s work on street-level bureaucracy, and Lipsky’s contention that public policy was made, in effect, in the day-to-day activities of ‘street-level bureaucrats’ (staff and professionals paid to deliver public services). This chapter discusses the exercise of discretion by those public servants; in particular focusing on the critical importance of context to understanding the actions and decisions of adult safeguarding professionals dealing with potential elder abuse.

Keywords:   adult safeguarding policy implementation, professional constraints, abuse dilemmas, public servant discretion, Michael Lipsky, street-level bureaucracy

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