Social justice in local government: A delicate balance

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    This chapter discusses the role of Local Government (referred to in this chapter as Local Authorities) in implementing social policy for vulnerable adults from a social justice perspective. The chapter describes adults who may be vulnerable. These include adults with physical disability and/or mental health issues, learning disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse, trafficking and modern slavery. The reader is encouraged to consider social justice issues associated with a social model of disability, culture and diversity and how these are reflected in the administration of Local Government. The chapter prompts readers to consider the delicate balance needed to ensure that the personal dignity, human rights and self determination of vulnerable adults are respected, whilst at the same time ensuring that Local Government practitioners act to advocate in the best interests of vulnerable adults, including protecting them from significant harm.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEveryday Social Justice and Citizenship
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives for the 21st Century
    EditorsAnn-Marie Mealey, Pam Jarvis , Jonathan Doherty, Jan Fook
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)1138652806, 9781138652804
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017


    • Adult
    • Social justice values
    • local Government


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