Supporting Vulnerable Adults: Citizenship, Capacity, Choice

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principally on examining adult support and protection for adults living in the community rather than in residential or institutional settings. Although it should be noted that many of the frameworks considered, e.g the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, can cover all settings including residential care. Supporting Vulnerable Adults takes as an overarching framework the evolution and early implementation of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (ASP) but makes the appropriate links to adult protection policy more broadly in the UK. The focus is specifically on adult protection legislation, policy and guidance and those adults likely to be subject to these systems, but inevitably there will be overlap with broader mental health and incapacity frameworks. However, this volume does not consider those legislative frameworks in detail, because another volume in this series (Atkinson, 2006) provides a discussion of the key elements of the broader civil mental health and incapacity legislation.

The main themes under consideration are the extent of the reach of the state and the appropriateness of this; a discussion of the tension between autonomy and protection; and consideration of whether or not a label of vulnerability and the consequent perceived need for protection impacts on the human and citizenship rights of adults. In addition, concepts of harm and abuse as they relate to adults will be discussed. Key questions considered throughout the book include: does diminished intellectual or physical capacity limit your rights as a citizen; does vulnerability/being at risk of harm and/or abuse equal limited capacity? The book will further explore whether the development and introduction of adult protection procedures and processes can compromise adults' free will and choice inappropriately.

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