Sarah Carr Completed 2018
Many people living with mental health problems are at high risk of targeted violence and abuse. Most adult safeguarding research in mental health has focused on service and practitioner perspectives.
Set in England, this research was a qualitative exploration of service user experiences and concepts of targeted violence and abuse (often termed ‘hate crime’) on the grounds of mental health status. It also aimed to capture mental health and adult safeguarding practitioners and stakeholder responses to these mental health service user experiences and concepts.
The Care Act 2014: Statutory Guidance on Making Safeguarding Personal reforms aim to make adult safeguarding person-centred and outcomes-focused. The study sought to inform policy
implementation and practice development from a mental health service user perspective.
The study used interconnected work streams with different methods:
The study was mental health service user led. Over half the team identified as service user or survivor researchers, including the Principal Investigator. It was co-produced with two practitioner researchers in a team working to a set of shared principles and methods derived from survivor and emancipatory research.
Carr S, Hafford-Letchfield T, Faulkner A, Megele C, Gould D, Khisa C, Cohen R, Holley J (2019) “Keeping Control”: A user‐led exploratory study of mental health service user experiences of targeted violence and abuse in the context of adult safeguarding in England, Health and Social Care in the Community, First published online 30 June 2019.
Faulkner A, Carr S, Gould D, Khisa C, Hafford-Letchfield T, Megele C, Cohen R, Holley J (2019) ‘Dignity and respect’: An example of service user leadership and co‐production in mental health research, Health Expectations, First published online 26 September 2019.