This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 49: Vulnerability
Among those it defines as ‘adults at risk’, the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 includes those who ‘because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, are more vulnerable to being harmed than adults who are not so affected’ (legislation.gov.uk 2007).
Within this definition vulnerability is identified as the direct outcome of impairment. Dominant assumptions about disability are reproduced and passed into Scottish legislation. Legislation intended to protect adults considered at risk locates the cause of that risk within the physicality of individuals rather than within the social contexts in which they live. The English Department of Health's ‘No Secrets’ report of 2000 similarly defines a ‘vulnerable adult’ as a person ‘aged 18 years or over who is or ...