Journal article

A family concern: Elder abuse in British social policy

S Biggs

Critical Social Policy | Published : 1996


The recognition of elder abuse is a relatively new phenomenon in British contexts. This paper charts the development of a social policy response by placing it within its historical context. Previous policy toward older age has focused on dependency and self-neglect. Government concern about the erosion of family values and implementation of the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act have led to elder abuse being seen as a problem of informal care within family settings. The policy lacks a perspective on institutional forms of abuse and community harassment. The gendered nature of elder abuse and its relationship to oppression based on race are important areas that have been eclipsed by current poli..

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