Journal Article

Making Decisions about Who Should Be Barred from Working with Adults in Vulnerable Situations: The Need for Social Work Understanding

Martin Stevens, Jill Manthorpe, Stephen Martineau, Shereen Hussein, Joan Rapaport and Jess Harris

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 1, pages 290-310
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn135
Making Decisions about Who Should Be Barred from Working with Adults in Vulnerable Situations: The Need for Social Work Understanding

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This article reports on an element of recently completed research that aimed to explore factors leading to placement on the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) List—a barring list unique to England and Wales. A multiple methods approach was adopted, involving in-depth quantitative analysis of POVA referral records and a set of discussion groups and interviews investigating how decisions were being made. This article focuses on this latter element, setting out and discussing the overall schema for decision making resulting from the analysis, which identified an interplay between emotional and moral responses to the individual referred and evidence about the alleged misconduct. The importance of involving all stakeholders in the development of such a decision-making system is raised through the research and the implications for social workers are explored.

Keywords: Safeguarding; social care; grounded theory; regulation

Journal Article.  7616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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