Protecting People from Themselves

  • Robert Johns
  • Andrew Sedgwick


In this chapter we shall be exploring the ultimate dilemma in social work. At what point can someone’s rights to make their own decisions about their own care be overridden? When is it right to deprive someone of their liberty in order to protect them from themselves? At what point should caring professionals intervene to oblige someone to accept help even if they have declared that they do not wish to receive this help?


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Further reading

  1. Barnes, M. and Maple, N. (1992) Women and Mental Health, Venture Press, Birmingham.Google Scholar
  2. Jones, R. (1996) Mental Health Act Manual, 5th edn, Butterworths, London.Google Scholar
  3. Marshall, M. (1990) Social Work with Old People, Macmillan, Basingstoke.Google Scholar

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© Robert Johns and Andrew Sedgwick 1999

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  • Robert Johns
  • Andrew Sedgwick

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