Investigating Models of Adult Safeguarding in England: a mixed-methods approach

Caroline Norrie, Martin Stevens, Katherine Elizabeth Graham, Jill Manthorpe, Jo Moriarty, Shereen Hussein

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


– The purpose of this paper is to describe the methodology being used in a study exploring the organisation of adult safeguarding.

– A mixed-methods study is presented which describes how the research team is seeking to identify models of adult safeguarding and then compare them using a quasi-experimental study design.

– Close examination of this study's methodology highlights the potential value of mixed-method research approaches.

Research limitations/implications
– Anticipated study challenges include difficulties with gaining agreement from study sites and recruitment of people who have been the subject of a safeguarding referral.

– This will be the first study in England to identify and compare different models of adult safeguarding in depth. Outlining and discussing current methodology is likely to be of interest to practitioners, managers and other researchers and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377 - 388
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adult Protection
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • safeguarding
  • adults
  • social care

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