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.

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.

Co-creation in practice: An experience from dementia care

Co-creation aims to link the research world and the service world to help implementation of research into practice in a timely, effective and context-specific way. This blog outlines research from working alongside organisations from the health, care and third sectors to support people living with dementia and family carers in County Durham.

Embedding evidence-informed practice in Swindon Borough Council

Shannon Oak has been a Research in Practice for Adults Link Officer at Swindon Borough Council since 2016. In this blog she outlines some of the benefits and challenges associated with the role, and provides some advice for those who are new to the position.

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.

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