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Safeguarding Adults and the Law

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The safeguarding of vulnerable adults continues to increase in importance. Safeguarding Adults and the Law, now in its second edition, sets this complex area of work within an extensive legal framework and provides many useful pointers for practitioners and students.

The book covers, for example, Department of Health guidelines, human rights, the regulation of health and social care providers, the barring of carers from working with vulnerable adults, care standards tribunal cases, mental capacity, undue influence, assault, battery, wilful neglect, ill treatment, self-neglect, manslaughter, murder, theft, fraud, sexual offences, data protection and the sharing of information. It focuses on how these areas of law apply to vulnerable adults, and uses the large body of case law to bring the law to life. Also covered is how local authorities and the NHS are implicated in causing harm - through abuse, neglect or omission - as exemplified by the independent and public inquiries into the catastrophic events at Stafford Hospital. This fully-updated second edition comprehensively reflects recent changes to the law, and includes many new case studies. It looks forward also to the implications, for safeguarding, of the draft Care and Support Bill 2012.

This book will be an essential resource for all those working in community care, adult social work, health care and housing. Those working for local authorities, the NHS, voluntary organisations and students will find it to be essential reading.
  • Published: Mar 28 2013
  • Pages: 672
  • 250 x 187mm
  • ISBN: 9781849053006
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Press Reviews

  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy

    Praise for the second edition: 'Mandelstam has done it again! He has produced a readable and comprehensive text covering an important topic relevant to all in the care sector... Mandelstam's clear writing style and extensive knowledge enable the reader to dip in and out as necessary. I would highly recommend this book as a reference guide and as a resource for teaching in higher education.'
  • The Midwest Book Review

    Praise for the first edition: 'The safeguarding of vulnerable adults is a major area of work for protection and enforcement agencies, yet this is the first book to address the legal framework of such efforts. Particular emphasis is put upon issues concerning vulnerable adults harmed by abuse, neglect or omission. Case histories blend with community insights, as well as social and financial harm analysis, in a detailed, in-depth guide.'
  • Caring Times

    Case law, careful analysis and sound practice. This is an essential reference for all care home providers and home care agencies.
  • Polly Sykes, Teaching Fellow, University of York

    Journal of Social Work Practice
    Overall, by keeping vulnerable adults at the forefront of this text and considering safeguarding law in context and from a broad perspective, Mandelstam has made Safeguarding Adults and the Law an indispensable text. Individual and organisational responsibilities are plainly laid out, and the dilemmas and uncertainties acknowledged... It is an excellent resource for those who have involvement with vulnerable adults in any capacity. Student will find this book with its clear discussions of a complex legal landscape, a vital too.