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Chronologies of abuse – nice idea, but was it not obvious?

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20130903 Chronologies POVAA Guardian social care article describes a Welsh scheme for safeguarding vulnerable adults, which creates ‘chronologies of abuse’ for clients from the social services department records, that other agencies, and the client themselves can add to at strategy meetings – these are the meetings that discuss and make decisions about how to deal with safeguarding risks. Apparently this has got a grant and people are jumping up and down at the wonders of this innovation.

Perhaps nobody there has read anything about narrative theories of social work, but you do wonder about how seemingly obvious things to do are hailed as great innovations. In this case, the approach is to write down in order every instance of abuse that you’ve found out about, and check this with other agencies and the client. Were they not doing that anyway? Or was it that their computer program didn’t tell them to? Or was it so that they got a grant for this great innovation, and could carry on with their ordinary work without cuts in service affecting them? Or was it that the website can’t find out anything but the obvious to write about?

Link to Guardian social care article

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Written by Malcolm Payne

10 September 2013 at 11:45 am

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