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Adult safeguarding and the role of housing

Imogen Parry (Studying for a Master's degree in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice at Keele University)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 8 February 2013




The purpose of this paper is to identify and encourage good practice in adult safeguarding by housing providers, despite their unclear and largely unregulated role in this area.


Literature search on policy and research on the role of housing in adult safeguarding. Good practice search, drawn from No Secrets consultation responses and more recently, from other housing providers.


Despite the current weak incentives for housing providers to engage in adult safeguarding, some have done so effectively, overcoming barriers to joint working.

Research limitations/implications

This is not a comprehensive study of all good practice in this area; much will exist “unsung” and unrecognised.

Practical implications

Increase housing providers' involvement in adult safeguarding.


The paper is of value, as there is a dearth of literature on the role and potential of housing and adult safeguarding.



Parry, I. (2013), "Adult safeguarding and the role of housing", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 15-25.



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