Chapters 1, 3 and 5 are available Open Access under CC-BY licence.
Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect is a core area of social work practice but knowledge of how social workers make adult safeguarding decisions is limited.
Applying recent sociological and ethnographic research to this area for the first time, this book considers how adult safeguarding practice is developing, with a focus on risk management. The author explores how social workers conduct safeguarding adults assessments, work with multiple agencies and involve service users in risk decisions. The book is essential reading for those wishing to understand how risk and uncertainty are managed within frontline adult social work and how current practice can be improved.
“Makes a much-needed contribution to discussions on adult safeguarding and practice in adult social care and will be a very useful resource for practitioners, students, managers and educators.” Bridget Penhale, University of East Anglia
"This exciting research brings messages from practice to the forefront of thinking about risk and decision making in adult safeguarding." Kate Spreadbury, independent adult safeguarding reviewer
“The novelty of this book is Jeremy Dixon's close watching of and listening to social workers working in safeguarding and community teams. What he astutely observes is set in the context of the rise of adult safeguarding in social work practice following the Care Act. This book throws a much-needed light on safeguarding practice.” Jill Manthorpe CBE, King’s College London
“This book crafts a vital dialogue between current social science theories of risk and safeguarding practices. Jeremy Dixon uses his expertise on both to insightfully inform social work policy and practice.” Patrick Brown, University of Amsterdam
Jeremy Dixon is a Senior Lecturer of Social Work at the University of Bath.
1. The Problem of Adult Safeguarding
2. Risk and Social Work
3. Referrals and Assessments
4. Personalised Safeguarding: Policy, Principles and Practice Realities
5. Doing Adult Safeguarding with Service Users and Carers