The characteristics and management of elder abuse: evidence and lessons from a UK case study

Milne, Alisoun and Cambridge, Paul and Beadle-Brown, Julie and Mansell, Jim and Whelton, Beckie (2012) The characteristics and management of elder abuse: evidence and lessons from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work, 16 (4). pp. 489-505. ISSN 1369-1457 (Print); 1468-2664 (Online). (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.722983) (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

Despite older people representing a significant majority of victims of abuse in the UK and Europe, evidence about its characteristics and management is limited. This article reports on an analysis of adult protection referrals for older people over an eight year period in two English local authorities. It extends understanding of the characteristics of elder abuse and identifies lessons for its effective management. Findings suggest that older people are at particular risk of multiple and physical abuse. Those living alone are especially vulnerable to financial abuse and those living in a care home to multiple abuse. The most common sites of abuse were the person's own home or a care home. Just two fifths of abuse referrals were confirmed, with the vast majority involving multi-agency consultation and most resulting in ongoing monitoring. Findings also suggest that risk is a product of the intersection of dependency and setting and that information about user and carer need—especially the nature of disability—could enhance the quality of adult protection data and safeguarding responses. The study underscores the need for adult protection legislation and of committing professional resources to the prevention, identification, assessment and management of elder abuse across Europe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Elder Abuse, Older People, Adult Protection, Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding, Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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: 01 Jul 2013 14:23 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2015 09:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34475 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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