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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.

The case for trauma-informed supervision for police officers

When someone experiences trauma there is consistent and clear evidence that show the natural psychological responses that occur. Attuned and reflective supervision, enables us to hold genuine empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for those we are trying to support.

Working effectively with people who use alcohol and other drugs harmfully

Alcohol and drugs are an issue for so many of the families that come into contact with social care services. In this article we consider the potential impact of harmful substance use on individuals and their families, and the sort of interventions that may help to support them both.

Strengths-based practice

Strengths-based practice is a collaborative process between a person supported by services and those supporting them. It allows them to work together, drawing upon a person’s strengths and assets to achieve positive outcomes.

Embedding human rights across adult social care

The Human Rights Act is unique in UK domestic law in that it focuses on humanity – the protections and freedoms every person has as a member of society – as opposed to focusing on people’s behaviour, needs or identity.

What does 21st century accountability look like?

In order to ensure empathy remains a core social work value, we need to develop a system that allows professionals to make decisions about services. However, we still need to maintain an organisational environment that is open to challenge and questions.

Critically reflective practice

Making good judgements with and for people is the essence of social care. Time to reflect, time to think, time to use wisdom and expertise, time to consult with colleagues, time to look at research is not a luxury.

Understanding resilience in social work students

Social work is a challenging career. What psychological factors are associated with resilience in trainee social workers? Dr Louise Bunce at Oxford Brookes University has led new research to find out.

Recognising the impact of loneliness

As humans, most of us thrive on building and maintaining relationships with one another for care, comfort and support. However, for growing numbers in society, loneliness is having detrimental effects on our health and wellbeing.

What is it about the care system that correlates with criminality?

What are the difficulties faced by people in prison who have been in care? Oli Preston looks at emerging programmes of work that are aiming to support this often overlooked group.

Social care, housing and homelessness

What is the current picture for social care, housing and homelessness? Our upcoming Partnership Conference will examine some of these key issues.

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