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.

Costs, complexity and compassion

Leaders of services across the children’s and adults’ sector are navigating difficult decisions in which three factors loom large – the cost of meeting people’s needs, the complexity of people’s lives and the interconnectedness of solutions, and the moral imperative to ensure that services and systems are grounded in compassion.

Safeguarding through a strengths-based lens

The Care Act 2014 places a duty on us to identify potential harm, protect those who have experienced it and to prevent harm from reoccurring. Alongside looking at the risks, we should view safeguarding principles through a strengths-based lens.

A social worker and a black labrador saved my life

Thanks to a forward thinking, caring, compassionate social worker and my canine partner Kingston, I have a life where I am living and not just existing.

Creating inclusive care home environments for older LGBT+ residents

In care and nursing homes, older LGBT+ people can often be invisible. However, many are working hard to challenge these assumptions and to create safer, more equal environments for older LGBT+ people across services, including care and nursing homes.

Towards appreciative inquiry

North Lincolnshire and Research in Practice for Adults have worked together on a journey towards a culture of appreciative inquiry. Learn about how Lincolnshire helped to embed evidence-informed approaches in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.

Supporting people with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships

Good quality relationships with partners and friends are important for our health, wellbeing and happiness. They can help protect us physically and emotionally and can bring meaning to our lives. This applies to people with learning disabilities as much as anyone else.

What does integration mean for health and social care?

With the population growing, aging and living longer several pressures are pushing on health and social care. Despite challenges, integration could provide person-facing services that emphasise a strengths-based approach, community resources, social capital and an enriched work environment.

Working with loss and grief

Working with loss and grief is inescapable in adult social care. A strengths approach built on relationships, compassion, and starting where the person is, what the loss means to them, are essential components of best practice in this area.

Working effectively with people living with dementia and their families

We are moving away from the traditional focus of working separately with a carer and person living with dementia, with their unique set of problems all in splendid isolation of each other. In this blog, Damian Murphy emphasises the rights, the voice and lived experience of people living with dementia.

Responding to the voice of older carers – building on what works

The voice of older carers and their experiences of transitioning to this role in later life should underpin our work with carers. The latest Practice Tool is designed to support practitioners on working with an increasing population of older carers.

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