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Innovative learning

In this post, Dyfrig Williams, Learning Events Coordinator at Research in Practice for Adults, shares approaches to innovation in learning and invites Partners to submit ideas around how we might improve our service.

Recruiting for potential

A Skills for Care project is focusing on how social care and health employers can become more inclusive, by recruiting a workforce which better reflects their local community.

Working with complexity

As human beings we are by our very nature, complex. As individuals, within the world we inhabit with our families, friends, communities and beyond we all experience complexity in our lives.

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.

Embedding RiPfA into the London Borough of Lambeth

In this blog Link Officer of the Year, David Till, offers tips to help other Partners to get the best out of their membership to Research in Practice for Adults.

From ‘successful’ to ‘useful’ – an exploration of failure

Determining the success or failure of social work interventions often relies on the application of measures that may overlook alternative unexpected outcomes or the multiple perspectives of people accessing services. Lydia Guthrie asks whether it is possible to move away from simplistic notions of ‘failure’ towards an approach that takes a broader view of outcomes and considers the experiences of people accessing services to determine the ‘usefulness’ of services instead.

Safeguarding adults – understanding good practice

The Care Act 2014 put the safeguarding of adults on a legal footing for the first time. Its implementation over the past two years, supported by national initiatives such as Making Safeguarding Personal, means that social care researchers, practitioners and managers have been testing out a range of responses to support adults at risk of abuse or neglect to improve or resolve their circumstances.

Family group conference – embodying the social work of past and future

What is fulfilling and exciting for a social worker? If I had to boil down a complex professional life into a few words then for me, hope, connection and the experience of change are all important. Family group conferences (FGC) try to harness these three things by bringing a network of people together to problem-solve on their own terms.

Using a mentalising approach to support relationship-based practice

Mentalising is not a new thing. The term may not be immediately familiar, but it puts a name to something many of us are doing on a daily basis without even realising. It is a process that we use to reflect on, explore, and interpret our own and other people’s thoughts, beliefs, experiences and feelings, and how these influence behaviours and actions.

How we are implementing learning and development in the South East London Teaching Partnership

As one of four National pilots in England, the South East London Teaching Partnership details its learning and development programme, which aspires to deliver high-quality learning and development for social work, from entry-level through to senior leadership.

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