The mistreatment of older people is increasingly recognised internationally as a significant abuse of elders’ human rights. ‘Scandals’ and inquiries into the failure to protect older people from abuse in health and social care systems rarely address, and still less challenge, the social, economic and cultural context to the abuse of older people.
This critical and challenging book makes a strong case for the development of ethically-driven, research-informed policy and practice to safeguard older people from abuse. Drawing on findings of original UK research and framed in an international context, it illustrates ways in which ageism, under-resourced services to older people, target-driven health and social care policy and services, and organisational cultures of blame and scapegoating, are a powerful yet invisible backcloth to elder abuse.
Safeguarding older people from abuse will be essential reading for policy makers, politicians, professionals, campaigners, researchers and educators, and those working in criminal justice fields.
Angie Ash runs the UK health and social care research consultancy, Angela Ash Associates (www.ashassociates.co.uk), and is a registered social worker. Angie’s career has spanned university-based social research, social work practice, charity sector management, research and management consultancy to government, charities and businesses. Most recently, she has held research fellowships at the University of Bristol and Swansea University.
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.
"Angie 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." Dr Liz Lloyd, Reader in Social Gerontology, University of Bristol
“This book on safeguarding of older people presents a critical and balanced overview of practice, policies and research. With Angie 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.” Professor Marie Beaulieu, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada