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Investigating models of adult safeguarding in England – a mixed-methods approach

Caroline Norrie (Research Fellow, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)
Martin Stevens (Senior Research Fellow, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)
Katherine Graham (Research Associate, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)
Jill Manthorpe (Professor, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)
Jo Moriarty (Research Fellow, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)
Shereen Hussein (Principal Research Fellow, based at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 2 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the methodology being used in a study exploring the organisation of adult safeguarding.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed-methods study is presented which describes how the research team is seeking to identify models of adult safeguarding and then compare them using a quasi-experimental study design.

Findings

Close examination of this study's methodology highlights the potential value of mixed-method research approaches.

Research limitations/implications

Anticipated study challenges include difficulties with gaining agreement from study sites and recruitment of people who have been the subject of a safeguarding referral.

Originality/value

This will be the first study in England to identify and compare different models of adult safeguarding in depth. Outlining and discussing current methodology is likely to be of interest to practitioners, managers and other researchers and policy makers.

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Acknowledgements

This article presents independent research funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR School for Social Care Research or the Department of Health/NIHR.

Declaration of interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Citation

Norrie, C., Stevens, M., Graham, K., Manthorpe, J., Moriarty, J. and Hussein, S. (2014), "Investigating models of adult safeguarding in England – a mixed-methods approach", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 377-388. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-11-2013-0045

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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