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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.

Social services are agents of change for disabled adults

'Getting Things Changed' might sound ambitious. Yet social care practitioners are tasked with facilitating change every time they engage with disabled clients. This article considers just two aspects of a wide-ranging research programme.

Working together to prevent suicide

When someone decides to take their own life it can be due to a combination of different genetic, psychological, social and cultural factors. The signs are not always obvious but by working together we can raise awareness and become more adept at preventing suicide.

Barriers to evaluation

Applying reliable research methods to complex social interventions comes with many challenges that evaluators need to consider. In this blog, Oli Preston discusses some of the barriers to evaluation.

Transitional safeguarding from adolescence to adulthood

‘Transition’ is a process or period of changing from one state to another. Within some aspects of social care, in particular safeguarding, the notion of transition can imply a definitive ‘line in the sand’ where assumptions about capacity change overnight and eligibility for safeguarding support is very different depending which side of this line a person falls.

Modern day slavery: a look at human trafficking

Reports of modern slavery are consistently on the rise in the UK. Registered social worker and practice educator, Shabnam Ahmed writes about the work being done by Camden Council to raise awareness of the subject and what can be done to help those who have already been affected.

Safeguarding Adults: the view from the training room

Corinne Leverton and Anna Elwood are the authors of our recent Strategic Briefing. In this blog they reflect on the experience of writing the publication and offer a glimpse into the world of Safeguarding Adults trainers, with its joys, frustrations and challenges.

The Chatty Café: Promoting the joy of conversation

The Chatty Café aims to combat feelings of loneliness amongst people of all ages by promoting regular human interaction. A 'Chatter & Natter' table is located in every café within the scheme and encourages customers to simply sit and talk with each other over a cup of tea.

What is co-production, why would we do it and how can we implement it?

The knowledge gained through co-production with people with lived experience helps to shine a light on what is important to them and the wider group they identify with. It provides opportunities to generate ideas and strategies to overcome challenges and ultimately improve services.

Fundamental drivers of good co-production in the commissioning of disabled people's services

The fundamental driver of good co-production is for commissioning staff to actively listen to disabled people about their lived experiences. Just as important, is listening to them from the outset of the commissioning process and throughout so that disabled people can have a stronger voice in the commissioning of social and health services

Participatory research with learning disabilities

Involving service users in the development and delivery of an evaluation can offer deep insight into a service and help shape the way evaluators find out whether it has been successful or not.

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