Safeguarding Older People from Abuse: Critical Contexts to Policy and Practice

Most scandals about or inquiries into the abuse of older people in health and social care settings fail to address - much less challenge - the social, economic and cultural contexts in which it is allowed to take place. This book provides this much-needed challenge, illustrating the ways in which ageism, lack of resources, target-driven policy and organisational cultures of blame and scapegoating facilitate elder abuse. It argues for the development of ethically driven, research-informed policies and practices.