The potential uses and abuses of a power of entry for social workers in England: A re-analysis of responses to a government consultation

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)
208 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Purpose:
Should social workers in England have a power of entry in cases where individuals seem to be hindering safeguarding enquiries for community-dwelling adults? This paper describes a re-examination of relevant sections of the 2012 Government Safeguarding Power of Entry Consultation. This re-examination was carried out as part of a policy review commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) in 2015.

Methodology
Analysis of responses to the Government’s Safeguarding Power of Entry Consultation was undertaken in late 2015-early 2016. Using NVivo qualitative data analysis software, evidence from consultation submissions was searched for information on the prevalence of the ‘hindering scenario’ and views of circumstances where a new power of entry might be considered appropriate.

Findings:
The majority of respondents to the Consultation generally reported that situations when a new power of entry would be required were not encountered regularly; however a minority of respondents stated they were more frequent occurrences. Examples of situations where third parties appeared to be hindering access were given across the different categories of adults at risk and types of abuse and current practices were described. Respondents observed that the risks of excessive or inappropriate use of any new powers needed to be
considered carefully.

Originality/value:
This re-analysis sheds light on the prevalence and circumstances of the ‘hinder scenario’ which is of interest to policy makers, researchers and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-265
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adult Protection
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Adult safeguarding
  • Vulnerable adult
  • Adults at risk
  • Government consultation
  • Power of entry
  • Right of access

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The potential uses and abuses of a power of entry for social workers in England: A re-analysis of responses to a government consultation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this