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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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Ethics, policy and practice

Ethics, policy and practice

(p.139) Nine Ethics, policy and practice
Safeguarding older people from abuse

Angie Ash

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the ethical dimensions of care and abuse of older people highlighted in the book’s case study, and more generally in work to safeguard older people from abuse. It considers the moral dimensions of ‘recognition’, and in particular Axel Honneth’s work on the struggle for recognition. The chapter examines individual and social constructions of compassion in care, and support and protection of older people from abuse. It makes the case for the contexts to care to emanate and support the giving and receiving of compassionate care to older people. Finally the chapter considers Joan Tronto’s elucidation of four elements of an ethic of care, suggesting this offers a practical application of how compassionate and ethical care, support and protection can be provided to older people at risk of abuse, within the social, and cultural contexts that frame that provision.

Keywords:   ethical dimensions of recognition, Axel Honneth, Joan Tronto, ethics of care, adult safeguarding, policy, compassion in care

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