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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.

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.

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.

Cuckooing: The exploitation of vulnerable adults

Cuckooing is a term used when criminal gangs target the most isolated, vulnerable members of the community, befriending them with the intention of taking over their homes. In this blog, Christalla Tanglis from the London Borough of Barnet, describes her experience in this area of practice.

Can home care visits be replaced with video communication?

Essex County Council has just completed a pilot project looking at whether it is possible to replace home care visits with video calls as part of reablement care packages. Here they discuss their findings and the role that they think video communication can play.

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.

After the Grenfell tragedy: The Chalcots experience

A Camden Council Service Manager reflects on the learning from the Chalcots Estate evacuation that occurred after the Grenfell tragedy and outlines some of the key social work capabilities needed during and after the evacuation.

Sexual exploitation: Women’s experiences of support

For women involved in prostitution the decision to leave or not return to services frequently puts them at a disadvantage. In this blog, Kathryn Hodges, an upcoming RiPfA Partnership Conference speaker considers the experiences of women who have been sexually exploited and when they seek help and support.

Improving awareness of sexual exploitation among adults

In this blog, Rosie McNamara explores the topic of sexual exploitation by looking through the definitions, identified risk factors and effects. She tries to understand why people still fail to mention the abuse they have suffered and what can be done to raise awareness.

The Mental Capacity Act – are we there yet?

The Mental Capacity Act came into force in 2007. Ten years on, Mel Bramwell, Strategic Lead for the Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards at Gateshead, asks ‘are we nearly there yet’ as she reflects on the changes and their journey over the last decade.

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