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.

Housing and social care: working together in challenging times

Housing is fundamental if disabled and older people are to maximise their independence and quality of life; it is a major influencer of mental health and whether and how people participate in their communities.

Kindness in leadership and public policy

Kindness and emotional intelligence is important at all levels, but it is particularly important at the more senior levels of our organisations. In a competitive job environment we cannot afford to operate in ways that make people feel underappreciated and undervalued, burnt out and stressed.

Compassionate leadership

Being compassionate relates to the way in which we support each other. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take the perspective and feel the emotions of another person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to Liberty Protection Safeguards

Liberty Protection Safeguards poses some questions for reflection as we prepare to move forward to this ‘brave new world’.

Geographical barriers to supporting care leavers

In this blog, Oli Preston, Head of Research and Evaluation at Research in Practice for Adults, discusses some emerging findings from an evaluation of two projects supporting people with care experience in prisons.

Transitional safeguarding – bridging the gap between Children’s and Adults’ Services

When someone turns 18 they legally become an adult. Most young people will manage this move to adulthood well, receiving support from their family, friends and communities. However, this transition is a process, not an event, and not all young people have support readily available.

Introducing Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Liberty Protection Safeguards will soon replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, a set of checks that aims to make sure that any care that restricts a person’s liberty is both appropriate and in their best interests.

Supporting whole organisational approaches to strengths-based working

The strengths-based approach lends itself to innovative developments in the way we work with adults with care and support needs and our local communities. Identifying the conversations that could happen in adult social care will facilitate a whole organisational approach to strengths-based working.

Recording strengths-based conversations

A conversation should be an exchange. A record should capture both voices and be clear about each. In this blog, Gerry Nosowska explores how we record strengths-based conversations with individuals.

Preventing suicide by working together

Working with people considering suicide can be complex, including many challenges and requiring multiple approaches. There is much that can be done and in recent years there has been a shift towards ‘working together'. People who are feeling low need to know that it is ok to talk about what is going on and being part of a strong community can make a huge difference.

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