Supporting Vulnerable Adults: Citizenship, Capacity, Choice

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CHAPTER 6
The Way Forward

This book has considered the evolution and implementation of adult protection in the UK through the lens of citizenship. This chapter will bring together the key themes that emerge throughout the book and will consider the impact of these on the future of this agenda, drawing on early experience of the implementation of the ASP in Scotland.

What has become evident is that interventions into the lives of adults to provide support and protection are both complex and ethically challenging to undertake. It is evident that, in Scotland, considerable emphasis is being put upon the upholding of individuals' rights in the way in which practice is developing. In addition, supportive approaches to preventing harm continuing appear to take priority in practice, further protecting the rights of adults who may require assistance. This focus on supportive, voluntary measures, which include the adult in the process, reflects both the personalisation agenda and an outcomes-led approach to assessment. However, there are still key issues for consideration in the future development of the legislation and further work to be undertaken to assess the extent to which the ASP and other adult protection measures are meeting their key aims and objectives in an appropriate manner.

The concepts of abuse and vulnerability have underpinned much of the development of adult protection procedures throughout the UK, and there appears to be considerable consensus in legislative terms over what constitutes abuse and/or harm. These definitions are clearly socially constructed and are subject to interpretations, which may be fluid over time, depending upon the prevailing social mores. Therefore, future development within adult protection will require

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