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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.

The impact of health inequalities on people with learning disabilities

It is well known that people with learning disabilities have poorer health and die at a younger age than their non-disabled peers. These differences are to an extent avoidable, and are therefore called health inequalities.

Coercive control: the driving force behind domestic abuse

Controlling or coercive behaviour is a deliberate act which reduces an individual’s space for action, self-worth and self-determination. It creates an environment in which further abuse can be perpetrated. An understanding of controlling or coercive behaviour can’t be optional if social workers are to be confident that they are promoting and not jeopardising the service user’s safety.

What do we know about Social Care Personal Assistants?

Social Care Personal Assistants are a small but growing segment of the social care workforce in England. It is also a part of the social care workforce that little is known about. Research being carried out at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London aims to change this.

Making the Link Officer role work for you

Getting the most out of RiPfA membership and promoting a culture of evidence-informed practice can be challenging, particularly in times of economic unrest, budget cuts and pressures on care services. Here, the Link Officer of the Year details embedding learning and development and RiPfA at Lancashire County Council.

The complexities of applying legal literacy in practice

When acting under statutory authority to meet people’s care and support needs, or to protect them from harm, intervention must be lawful, proportionate, reasonable and rational. Legal literacy involves exercising professional judgement to understand, interpret and apply legal rules in complex situations in order to achieve these aims. However, alongside legal literacy, ethical, professional, relational, knowledge, emotional and organisational literacies are needed to ensure that each unique situation is appropriately understood and responded to.

Supporting best social work practice in safeguarding

The law recognises that a pattern of coercive control is the root of domestic abuse. Understanding and working with this new offence is very important for social workers in relation to their safeguarding practice with people who have care and support needs and who may be at risk of harm or abuse.

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