Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The experience of being protected
Author(s): Sherwood-Johnson, Fiona
Cross, Beth
Daniel, Brigid
Contact Email:
Keywords: adult safeguarding
intellectual disability
learning difficulties
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Sherwood-Johnson F, Cross B & Daniel B (2013) The experience of being protected, Journal of Adult Protection, 15 (3), pp. 115-126.
Abstract: * Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to discuss how adult support and protection (ASP) work might support or further damage an adult's strengths, skills and sense of self. There is a particular focus on adults who require some support with decision-making. * Design/methodology/approach: Forum theatre and other creative techniques were used to discuss ASP with 42 people who access support. A range of advice for practitioners was generated, a portion of which is reported here. The research design was participatory, with ten people who access support being members of the research team. * Findings: ASP work can support or undermine an adult's strengths, skills and sense of self, depending on the way it is performed. Three inter-locking themes are presented to illustrate this finding. First, participants thought it might be intimidating to be "singled out", and wished to be understood in the context of their relationships. Second, ASP was thought likely to be experienced as a judgement on the person and their problem-solving skills. Third, people wanted to be "really listened to" and acknowledged as a person with preferences and strengths. * Practical implications: It is important for practitioners to be mindful of the process of ASP work, as well as of its outcomes. Ways must be found to keep the person central, and to maintain and develop their strengths and sense of self. * Originality/value: The perspectives of adults actually or potentially affected by ASP have been under-researched. This study adds substantially to the available evidence.
DOI Link:
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Adult Protection, 2013,Vol. 15 Iss: 3, pp.115 - 126 by Emerald. The original publication is available at:

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
The experience of being protected_accepted version.pdf684.01 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.