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Our blog is a hub for sharing news, information, research, evidence, analysis and debate. Blog posts are written by and for professionals across the sector. The views expressed are the authors’ own and do not represent those of Research in Practice for Adults.

From ‘successful’ to ‘useful’ – an exploration of failure

Determining the success or failure of social work interventions often relies on the application of measures that may overlook alternative unexpected outcomes or the multiple perspectives of people accessing services. Lydia Guthrie asks whether it is possible to move away from simplistic notions of ‘failure’ towards an approach that takes a broader view of outcomes and considers the experiences of people accessing services to determine the ‘usefulness’ of services instead.

Safeguarding adults – understanding good practice

The Care Act 2014 put the safeguarding of adults on a legal footing for the first time. Its implementation over the past two years, supported by national initiatives such as Making Safeguarding Personal, means that social care researchers, practitioners and managers have been testing out a range of responses to support adults at risk of abuse or neglect to improve or resolve their circumstances.

Opening the dialogue about suicide

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day 2017. This year’s theme was take a minute, change a life. But how many of us are aware of the issues that surround suicide, and what are we doing about it?

The impact of kindness in adult social care

How do we define and capture evidence about whether kindness can make a difference, and what place could it have in adult social care?

The value of co-production

You don’t think about the moment you go from daughter to carer. It doesn’t really register, because you’re just doing what you’re supposed to do. It was a gradual process, a dripping tap that fills a bowl so slowly that you don’t notice it happening.

Can animals have an impact on our wellbeing?

It seems that in adult social care there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the theory that animals are ‘good for our health and wellbeing’. But is this grounded in reality?

Embedding human rights in adult social care

The universal protection of people’s rights is fundamental to adult social care practice. A human rights approach counters any national or global tendency towards the creation of a ‘hierarchy of humanity’ which treats some as less than human.

Confident social work practice with people living with dementia

Working with people living with dementia and those who care for them is an emerging key area of social work practice. The rise in the number of people living with dementia means that we as social workers need to ensure we have the right knowledge and skills to offer the best support we can.

Supporting outcomes-focused practice

RiPfA has just come to the end of a two-year Change Project with the Partner network. The project identified and built on best practice to develop a new range of resources to support outcomes-focused practice, as well as developing the Outcomes Triangle - a new concept and model to support outcomes-focused conversations and care planning.

Family group conference – embodying the social work of past and future

What is fulfilling and exciting for a social worker? If I had to boil down a complex professional life into a few words then for me, hope, connection and the experience of change are all important. Family group conferences (FGC) try to harness these three things by bringing a network of people together to problem-solve on their own terms.

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