Supporting Vulnerable Adults

Citizenship, Capacity, Choice (Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care No. 13)

By Ailsa Stewart

Using the impact of the early implementation of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 as a model, this book examines the theories of citizenship, capacity, and choice when supporting vulnerable adults. The main themes are the extent of the reach of the State and the appropriateness of this reach. The book includes a discussion of the tension between autonomy and protection and considers whether or not vulnerability impacts the human rights of individuals. The concepts of harm and abuse are explored, and key questions are asked and answered, such as: Does diminished intellectual capacity limit a person's rights as a citizen? Does vulnerability, and being at risk of harm or abuse, limit capacity? The book also looks at whether the introduction of such legislation compromises individuals' free will and choice. Supporting Vulnerable Adults is based around 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, and it will be essential reading for students, health and social care workers, policy makers, and other practitioners whose work involves vulnerable individuals. (Series: Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care - No. 13)

112 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781906716127