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Supporting Vulnerable Adults Citizenship, Capacity, Choice

by Ailsa Stewart

Part of the Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care Series

Supporting Vulnerable Adults Citizenship, Capacity, Choice Synopsis

The author examines theories of citizenship, capacity and choice when supporting vulnerable adults and uses the impact of the early implementation of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 as a model. Her main themes are the extent of the reach of the state and the appropriateness of this with; a discussion of the tension between autonomy and protection and consideration of whether or not vulnerability impacts on the human rights of individuals. Concepts of harm and abuse are explored. Key questions answered include: does diminished intellectual capacity limit your rights as a citizen? Does vulnerability, and being at risk of harm or abuse, limit capacity? The author also explores whether the introduction of such legislation compromises individuals' free will and choice. The book bases itself around the Scottish legislation and draws on the emerging results of empirical research undertaken by the author over the first two years following its implementation, the first of its kind in the UK. This provides a unique focus for the central debate on autonomy and protection and the link to citizenship and capacity. Supporting Vulnerable Adults provides an excellent overview of the tensions inherent in these policies for students and for those health and social care workers, policy makers and other practitioners whose work involves the vulnerable.

Supporting Vulnerable Adults Citizenship, Capacity, Choice Press Reviews

'The definitions, examples and explanations within this volume should facilitate the clarity of description of risk situations. Its particular usefulness lies in its contribution to the debates about autonomy or control, self-determination or protection and especially the whole scenario of citizenship, capacity and choice in the arena of supporting vulnerable adults.' Practice: Social Work in Action - -

Book Information

ISBN: 9781906716127
Publication date: 8th December 2011
Author: Ailsa Stewart
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 112 pages
Categories: Disability: social aspects, Social welfare & social services,

About Ailsa Stewart

Ailsa Stewart is a Lecturer in the Glasgow School of Social Work, a joint school of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

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