Show simple item record Williams, John 2017-11-07T19:32:12Z 2017-11-07T19:32:12Z 2017-08-14
dc.identifier.citation Williams , J 2017 , ' Adult safeguarding in Wales: one step in the right direction ' Journal of Adult Protection , vol. 19 , no. 4 , pp. 175-186 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1466-8203
dc.identifier.other PURE: 18959567
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 0fc8a51f-a0d9-47ad-b8a2-7f3309a21497
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85027458788
dc.identifier.other 2160/45721
dc.description.abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider the background to the recent changes to adult safeguarding in Wales as a result of the new measures introduced by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and discuss their potential impact. Design/methodology/approach The paper relies on a range of material including reports published by the Law Commission, the National Assembly for Wales and other public bodies. It also refers to academic and practitioner material in journals and government guidance. Findings Although the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 introduced many changes in adult safeguarding in Wales, not least the duty to make enquiries, it does not take the opportunity to include statutory powers of barring and removal. The introduction of Adult Protection and Support Orders (APSOs) is a cautious step forward – perhaps it is too cautious. More research in needed on the different approaches across the UK. Research limitations/implications At the time of publication, the full effect of the new legislation has not been seen. Local authorities and others are coming to terms with the new provisions. No data on the impact of the new legislation are yet available. The paper identifies future research evaluating the working of the different approaches to safeguarding within the UK. Practical implications For practitioners, the new legislation provides opportunities to rethink the approach to safeguarding. The lower threshold for referrals will mean an increase in caseloads and the need to react to both low- and high-risk cases. For authorised officers, the practical issues identified relate to the circumstances in which an APSO may be sought and what can be put in place to protect the adult at risk once the order has been used. Social implications For those who experience abuse or neglect, the new legislation provides additional support when compared to the POVA process. The duty to make enquiries and the duty to report will hopefully strengthen protection and, with a lower threshold for referral, enable more preventative work to be done at an earlier stage. Whether the new APSO will make a difference remains to be seen. Originality/value As this is new legislation, there is very little analysis of the implications of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to safeguarding. This paper presents an overview and, in places, a critical analysis of the new safeguarding duties. en
dc.format.extent 12 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Adult Protection en
dc.rights en
dc.subject well-being en
dc.subject social care en
dc.subject safeguarding en
dc.subject adults at risk en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.subject devolution en
dc.subject adult protection and support orders en
dc.subject statutory powers en
dc.title Adult safeguarding in Wales: one step in the right direction en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.description.version authorsversion en
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth Law School en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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