Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

Context: Safeguarding adults forms a core part of adult social work and involves workers making efforts to assess risk and protect vulnerable adults from abuse. In England and Wales, the status of safeguarding practice has been raised by the introduction of The Care Act 2014. This law gives local authorities duties to assess and to act to prevent abuse or neglect where it occurs.
Methods: Drawing on ethnographic research data in two local authorities in England, this paper considers safeguarding practice as a form of governmentality.
Findings: The findings draw on both observations of how social workers used assessment tools in practice. They also draw on interviews with those workers. The paper focusses on how workers decided which referrals met the threshold for further assessment and which were screened out. Safeguarding referrals were received from a wide range of sources including care homes, the emergency services and members of the public. In line with legal criteria social workers considered the degree to which the person had prior support needs, whether
they were experiencing abuse or neglect and whether they were able to protect themselves. However, workers also sought to assess the motivation of referrers.
Conclusion: Safeguarding referrals were seen as a means by which individuals or organisations might seek to attribute or avoid blame or as a means of placing individuals at the front of the queue for social services. Considerations about referrer motivation were used alongside case information to consider whether reported risks were genuine
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2 Jul 2018
EventDecisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium. - Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, Belfast, Ireland
Duration: 2 Jul 20183 Jul 2018
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/dare#dareday1

Conference

ConferenceDecisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium.
CountryIreland
CityBelfast
Period2/07/183/07/18
Internet address

Fingerprint

worker
abuse
social worker
neglect
governmentality
home care
mobile social services
social work
act
human being
Law
interview

Cite this

Dixon, J. (2018). Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.. Paper presented at Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium., Belfast, Ireland.

Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals. / Dixon, Jeremy.

2018. Paper presented at Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium., Belfast, Ireland.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Dixon, J 2018, 'Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.' Paper presented at Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium., Belfast, Ireland, 2/07/18 - 3/07/18, .
Dixon J. Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.. 2018. Paper presented at Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium., Belfast, Ireland.
Dixon, Jeremy. / Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals. Paper presented at Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium., Belfast, Ireland.
@conference{d527208b5c0f488dbc031c7c8fc71cef,
title = "Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.",
abstract = "Context: Safeguarding adults forms a core part of adult social work and involves workers making efforts to assess risk and protect vulnerable adults from abuse. In England and Wales, the status of safeguarding practice has been raised by the introduction of The Care Act 2014. This law gives local authorities duties to assess and to act to prevent abuse or neglect where it occurs.Methods: Drawing on ethnographic research data in two local authorities in England, this paper considers safeguarding practice as a form of governmentality.Findings: The findings draw on both observations of how social workers used assessment tools in practice. They also draw on interviews with those workers. The paper focusses on how workers decided which referrals met the threshold for further assessment and which were screened out. Safeguarding referrals were received from a wide range of sources including care homes, the emergency services and members of the public. In line with legal criteria social workers considered the degree to which the person had prior support needs, whetherthey were experiencing abuse or neglect and whether they were able to protect themselves. However, workers also sought to assess the motivation of referrers.Conclusion: Safeguarding referrals were seen as a means by which individuals or organisations might seek to attribute or avoid blame or as a means of placing individuals at the front of the queue for social services. Considerations about referrer motivation were used alongside case information to consider whether reported risks were genuine",
author = "Jeremy Dixon",
year = "2018",
month = "7",
day = "2",
language = "English",
note = "Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. 5th Biennial International Symposium. ; Conference date: 02-07-2018 Through 03-07-2018",
url = "https://www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/dare#dareday1",

}

TY - CONF

T1 - Screening adult safeguarding risks: a qualitative study into how adult safeguarding teams assess and prioritise safeguarding referrals.

AU - Dixon, Jeremy

PY - 2018/7/2

Y1 - 2018/7/2

N2 - Context: Safeguarding adults forms a core part of adult social work and involves workers making efforts to assess risk and protect vulnerable adults from abuse. In England and Wales, the status of safeguarding practice has been raised by the introduction of The Care Act 2014. This law gives local authorities duties to assess and to act to prevent abuse or neglect where it occurs.Methods: Drawing on ethnographic research data in two local authorities in England, this paper considers safeguarding practice as a form of governmentality.Findings: The findings draw on both observations of how social workers used assessment tools in practice. They also draw on interviews with those workers. The paper focusses on how workers decided which referrals met the threshold for further assessment and which were screened out. Safeguarding referrals were received from a wide range of sources including care homes, the emergency services and members of the public. In line with legal criteria social workers considered the degree to which the person had prior support needs, whetherthey were experiencing abuse or neglect and whether they were able to protect themselves. However, workers also sought to assess the motivation of referrers.Conclusion: Safeguarding referrals were seen as a means by which individuals or organisations might seek to attribute or avoid blame or as a means of placing individuals at the front of the queue for social services. Considerations about referrer motivation were used alongside case information to consider whether reported risks were genuine

AB - Context: Safeguarding adults forms a core part of adult social work and involves workers making efforts to assess risk and protect vulnerable adults from abuse. In England and Wales, the status of safeguarding practice has been raised by the introduction of The Care Act 2014. This law gives local authorities duties to assess and to act to prevent abuse or neglect where it occurs.Methods: Drawing on ethnographic research data in two local authorities in England, this paper considers safeguarding practice as a form of governmentality.Findings: The findings draw on both observations of how social workers used assessment tools in practice. They also draw on interviews with those workers. The paper focusses on how workers decided which referrals met the threshold for further assessment and which were screened out. Safeguarding referrals were received from a wide range of sources including care homes, the emergency services and members of the public. In line with legal criteria social workers considered the degree to which the person had prior support needs, whetherthey were experiencing abuse or neglect and whether they were able to protect themselves. However, workers also sought to assess the motivation of referrers.Conclusion: Safeguarding referrals were seen as a means by which individuals or organisations might seek to attribute or avoid blame or as a means of placing individuals at the front of the queue for social services. Considerations about referrer motivation were used alongside case information to consider whether reported risks were genuine

M3 - Paper

ER -