Safeguarding Older People from Abuse

Critical Contexts to Policy and Practice

Angie Ash

Angie Ash

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447305668 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
The abuse of older people in health and social care facilities is increasingly recognized as a serious problem, but most scandals about or inquiries into the abuse of elders fail to address—much less challenge—the social, economic, and cultural contexts in which such abuse is allowed to take place. Safeguarding Older People from Abuse provides this much-needed challenge, taking a critical life-course perspective to illustrate the ways in which ageism, lack of resources, target-driven policy, and organizational cultures of blame and scapegoating invisibly facilitate elder abuse. Angie Ash argues for the development of ethically-driven, research-informed policies and practices that will better protect our seniors. 
Marie Beaulieu | Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
“This book presents a critical and balanced overview of practice, policies, and research. With Ash’s ethical quest for the 'right action,' inertia can no longer be accepted. This book is essential reading and will become a classic training resource.”
Liz Lloyd | University of Bristol, UK
“Ash presents a strongly argued case for fundamental change in policy making and practice to protect older people from abuse and for a new approach that is informed by theory, critically aware, and ethically driven. This book is written with clarity of purpose and perspective and deserves to be read widely.”

Contexts to safeguarding older people from abuse
The need for theory, critical thinking and practice
The abuse of older people
Adult protection, safeguarding and personalisation
Public policy implementation in street-level bureaucracies
A case study of street-level policy implementation to protect older people from abuse
Discretion and dissonance in adult protection work
Cultures and contexts of complicity
Ethics, policy and practice
Safeguarding older people from abuse: ethical futures

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