Safeguarding adults
By Jackie Martin

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We all know that children need protection from abuse. It is perhaps less widely acknowledged, but so do adults, especially those who are in need of care or support and who are unable to protect themselves from harm, exploitation or loss of independence. To be able to help them, managers and staff - qualified and unqualified - need food for careful thought on all of the various issues that arise and a foundation for empowering forms of practice.

Covering theory, practice and issues of discrimination and oppression, this book offers such help to anyone who works, or plans to work, with such adults, in any setting. It:
  • Shows the need to offer respect as citizens together with protection from discrimination and abuse, which can be caused by powerful social processes of marginalisation, exclusion and stigmatisation
  • Examines the role we can all play in the creation and perpetuation of the experience of being 'vulnerable', and how we can address this both as a matter of personal responsibility and in workplace cultures and practices.
  • Stresses that care on this is needed throughout our careers, as any of us can communicate in a way that either directly discriminates against others or patronises and belittles them, even if this is not what we intended.
  • Looks at options for what we can do if we feel that someone at work is being subjected to abuse, and how we can be supported when taking action in ways that don't jeopardise investigation.
  • Asks why we sometimes don't challenge other workers when we become aware of poor practice, and emphasises why we should, even when other workers are more experienced, perhaps older or more confident.
  • Clarifies what happens when a concern is raised and sets out options for intervention.

  • Paperback. 112 pages. 978-1-903855-98-0. Published 2007. £14.95.


    Anyone who works, or who plans to work, with adults who might face a risk to their independence due to abuse or neglect. This could be in social work, social care, community work, criminal and community justice work, counselling, education, advice work, housing or health care.


    Definitions, rights and issues of capacity
    Legal and policy context
    Issues in relation to family carers
    Service user involvement
    What has safeguarding adults got to do with discrimination and oppression?
    Guide to further learning


    Jackie Martin
    is a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester and is the programme leader for post qualifying courses for social workers as well as teaching on the degree in social work. She has extensive experience of working with adults as well as children and young people in residential settings in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. She has worked for Nottinghamshire Social Services Department as an adult placement scheme co-ordinator, a social worker and team manager in community learning disability teams as well as a supervising social worker in a team providing short breaks for disabled children.


    "Case illustrations are used to good effect…The emphasis on anti-discriminatory practice is excellent…." Community Care.

    "Impressive, with clear definitions and a reflection on how professional practice impacts on processes… detailing the duties and responsibilities with which workers need to be conversant. This is a timely and thought-provoking book. The case studies have real impact, as do the points to ponder at the end of each chapter… useful tool for those currently studying or updating their practice." Professional Social Work.