Adult protection of people with intellectual disabilities: incidence, nature and responses.

Beadle-Brown, Julie and Mansell, Jim and Cambridge, Paul and Milne, Alisoun and Whelton, Beckie (2010) Adult protection of people with intellectual disabilities: incidence, nature and responses. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (6). pp. 573-584. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00561.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

There has been increasing recognition of the importance and extent of abuse of vulnerable adults, including people with intellectual disabilities, leading to the development of monitoring systems. This paper reports findings from one of the largest databases in the UK collected between 1998 and 2005.Method Analysis of the 1926 referrals relating to people with intellectual disabilities included description of the nature of abuse and the responses to the referrals, comparisons to those relating to other client groups and comparisons between those placed locally and those placed out-of-area. Results About one-third of all adult protection referrals related to people with intellectual disability, remaining consistent over time. However, the number of referrals increased significantly. The majority of people lived in residential care or supported living and this was reflected in the nature of the referrals – people were more likely to have been abused in the care home and by staff or service users than those without an intellectual disability. The most common type of abuse was physical abuse. Sexual abuse was more prevalent in the intellectual disability sample than in other client groups. People with intellectual disability were more likely to have experienced follow-up action, usually through more monitoring. There was a different pattern of abuse seen in those placed out-of-area. The overall pattern of abuse is similar to that reported in earlier studies. There is some indication that residential situation and in particular being placed in a residential placement out-of-area, may be an important factor in predicting adult protection referrals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: abuse, adult protection, intellectual disabilities, mental health, older people
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 11:33 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 14:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34385 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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