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Title: Exploring the meaning of protection from abuse: problem construction in Scottish adult support and protection practice and policy
Author(s): Sherwood-Johnson, Fiona
Supervisor(s): Daniel, Brigid
Emond, Ruth
Hogg, James
Keywords: adult support and protection
adult safeguarding
vulnerable adults
adult abuse
elder abuse
social work
social construction
meaning making
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2013
Publisher: University of Stirling
Citation: Johnson, F., Hogg, J. & Daniel, B. (2010) ‘Abuse and protection issues across the lifespan: Reviewing the literature’, Social Policy and Society, 9(2), 291-304 (see:
Johnson, F. (2012) ‘Problems with the term and concept of “abuse”: Critical reflections on the Scottish Adult Support and Protection study’ British Journal of Social Work, 42(5), 833-850 (see:
Johnson, F. (2012) ‘What is an “adult protection” issue? Victims, perpetrators and the professional construction of adult protection issues’, Critical Social Policy, 32(2), 203-222 (see:
Sherwood-Johnson, F. (2013) ‘A different kind of practice? Meanings attached by practitioners to the idea of “adult protection”’, Journal of Social Work, published online ahead of print April 3, 2013, doi:10.1177/1468017313479857 (see:
Sherwood-Johnson, F. (2012) ‘Constructions of vulnerability in comparative perspective: Scottish protection policies and the trouble with “adults at risk”’, Disability and Society, published online ahead of print Oct 30, 2012, doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.732541 (see:
Abstract: This PhD project by publication begins to explore how Scottish adult support and protection (ASP) policy and practice carves out its role and remit. It examines the ways that concepts like “abuse”, “vulnerability” and “protection” have been constructed, both by individual practitioners and at a policy level. The submission comprises five papers published in peer-reviewed journals and this contextualising document, which knits together the work and draws out overall conclusions and implications. The papers themselves report on a literature review, a further analysis of case study research into ASP practice and a critical policy comparison. The case study research was conducted immediately prior to legislative changes in Scotland with respect to ASP, and the policy comparison was conducted subsequently to these changes. Overall, the findings highlight the ways that a social constructionist approach can usefully deepen our understandings of ASP. That is, they show how understanding concepts like “protection”, “vulnerability” and “abuse” to be actively constructed in unique and complex contexts can promote criticality in policy-making, practice and research.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Affiliation: School of Applied Social Science

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Appendix Two_Statement of Contribution to Jointly-Authored Paper.pdfAppendix Two251.92 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Appendix Three_ASP Report Exec Summary.pdfAppendix Three936.23 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

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