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Title: Exploring the meaning of protection from abuse : problem construction in Scottish adult support and protection practice and policy
Author: Sherwood-Johnson, Fiona
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 2643
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2013
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This PhD project by publication begins to explore how Scottish adult support and protection (ASP) policy and practice carves out its role and remit. It examines the ways that concepts like “abuse”, “vulnerability” and “protection” have been constructed, both by individual practitioners and at a policy level. The submission comprises five papers published in peer-reviewed journals and this contextualising document, which knits together the work and draws out overall conclusions and implications. The papers themselves report on a literature review, a further analysis of case study research into ASP practice and a critical policy comparison. The case study research was conducted immediately prior to legislative changes in Scotland with respect to ASP, and the policy comparison was conducted subsequently to these changes. Overall, the findings highlight the ways that a social constructionist approach can usefully deepen our understandings of ASP. That is, they show how understanding concepts like “protection”, “vulnerability” and “abuse” to be actively constructed in unique and complex contexts can promote criticality in policy-making, practice and research.
Supervisor: Daniel, Brigid; Emond, Ruth; Hogg, James Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: adult support and protection ; adult safeguarding ; vulnerable adults ; adult abuse ; elder abuse ; vulnerability ; social work ; social construction ; meaning making ; Social workers Legal status ; laws ; etc Scotland