The Care Act 2014: A new legal framework for safeguarding adults in civil society

Bridget Penhale, Alison Brammer, Pete Morgan, Paul Kingston, Michael Preston-Shoot

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Many of us may be able to remember the general air of excitement that surrounded the writing and publishing of “No Secrets” (Department of Health, 2000) and “In Safe Hands” (Welsh Assembly Government, 2000), although we might wish we were young enough not to! At the time, the documents generated mixed feelings amongst service users/customers and carers as well as professionals/practitioners. To some they were a major step forward on the road to raise the status of “vulnerable adult protection” (as it was then known) closer to that already enjoyed by child protection and domestic violence; to others it was a missed opportunity to go even further along that road; and to a small number it was a step too far when the perception was that existing legislation provided sufficient protection and any increased powers amounted to state intrusion into the private lives of adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adult Protection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2017

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