The abuse of older people in private sector care homes: Why does it occur? Why does it endure?

Moore, Steve (2016). The abuse of older people in private sector care homes: Why does it occur? Why does it endure? University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Government policy has existed to protect adults who may be at risk of abuse since 1993 and was significantly revised in 2000 by ‘No Secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse’. However, a catalogue of abuse of older people in care homes subsequent to 2000 confirms that abusive acts continue. This thesis examined the extent of abuse in English care homes and has sought answers to the question of why it endures.

The research employed a mixed methods approach. An anonymously completed questionnaire was used to quantify and explore any previous experiences of abuse from newly appointed care staff in five newly opened care homes. Concurrently, thirty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted with care home staff working in a sample of established homes in five local authority areas to explore their perceptions and experiences of abuse.

A clear conclusion from the findings is that action is required at both societal and care home organisational levels to strengthen the prevention of abuse.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Institute of Local Government Studies
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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