Elder abuse work: best practice in Britain and Canada by Jacki Pritchard

By Jacki Pritchard

The abuse, overlook and exploitation of older humans in neighborhood and home care settings is more and more being known and addressed as a significant social quandary in Britain. In Canada, the place the difficulty has had a miles better profile, various varieties of perform have developed.

Elder Abuse paintings offers an summary of the advancements and concerns in either nations and attracts out stable perform instructions. The chapters examine learn, idea, coverage improvement, laws, perform matters, assets and new rules. the explicit facets coated contain scientific perform advancements, cross-agency coordination, 'self-help' for older humans, know-how elevating, monetary abuse, and the scientific and police views. leading edge versions for abuse intervention that have been generated in Canada are defined and assessed. The publication contains rules for education and demonstrated education routines. The participants are drawn from a variety of settings in either voluntary and statutory businesses, in addition to the tutorial world.

This exhaustive quantity will advisor and encourage the direct paintings of a person focused on the care of older those that were sufferers of abuse, in addition to informing and focusing the selections of managers and coverage makers at the primary problems with concern.

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Further Training Following the conference in June 1990 and Jeffreys' work on the survey, a further series of staff training courses were set up. These were for staff working with adult service users, including those with learning disabilities, consisting of both 'awareness raising' sessions and 'intervention workshops' regarding case conferences, issues of disclosure, etc. They were attended by over 200 staff. In 1992 Jeffreys appeared on a national television programme about the abuse of older people to talk about the findings of his survey.

However, again some progress has been made in that some authorities have developed Adult Protection Offices and Adult Protection Committees with co-ordinators monitoring, reviewing and developing the abuse work. It is important that people appointed to these posts are committed to and experienced in working with elder abuse cases. Page 24 Lesson 6: The Role of Training As I am a trainer you expect me to say training is crucial in implementing a policy, and of course it is. Training cannot only help with the implementation of policy but also can help in maintaining the momentum within agencies.

Because they feel it has not been clear enough in the main guidance. Consequently, more authorities are developing specific policies to deal with the issues of institutional abuse (for further discussion on this particular issue see Chapter 3). Sheffield Social Services Department has been forward thinking in looking at financial abuse (Sheffield Social Services Department 1997) and there will be other areas that will need to be addressed in the future, for example whistleblowing. It also seems helpful to have a clear risk policy to run alongside an elder abuse policy, because assessing risk of harm to the victim is a fundamental part of the elder abuse investigation, the findings of which must be presented to a case conference.

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