This much-needed volume fills an overlooked gap in adult safeguarding – the digital arena – in providing a comprehensive overview of policy and practice in supporting vulnerable adults online.
Providing an essential analysis illustrated by recent court rulings and case studies, the authors advocate for the effective support of adults with learning disabilities and/or mental capacity issues in their digital lives without compromising their privacy and participation rights.
The text balances a theoretical exploration of the tensions between participation and protection, legislation, human rights, professional biases and social wrongs. It encourages a critical approach in adopting both a practical and realistic understanding for policy makers, professionals and students in social work, law and adult social care.
“Professionals of all kinds, including social workers, lawyers and (dare I say it) judges, will be stimulated, challenged and above all assisted by this timely and expert work, providing a sound set of tools to assist navigation in the choppy waters of online safeguarding.” Alex Ruck Keene QC (Hon) Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers specialising in Mental Capacity Law and author of Mental Capacity Law and Policy website
“An important and timely book that explores the under-researched and frequently overlooked issue of adult vulnerability and online harms. This is a clearly written, well-evidenced and accessible narrative that provides a compelling argument for taking online rights seriously for all sectors of the community that are vulnerable, regardless of age.” Baroness Deborah Bull CBE, Vice President, Vice-Principal and Senior Advisory Fellow for Culture, King’s College London
“This is an important work and brings together crucial insights into a critical but neglected field.” Eddie Kane, University of Nottingham
2. The Context of Online Safeguarding
3. Online Participation vs Protection and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
4. The Legacy of Re A and Re B
5. The Safeguarding Dystopia
6. Pro-harm Content Online
7. ‘What Works’ in Safeguarding Adults Online? Understanding the Actors and the Networks
8. Some Conclusions