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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.

Domestic abuse and dementia: what do we know?

Domestic abuse is a widespread issue and the prevalence of dementia is increasing with our ageing population. It’s tempting to hope that longstanding abusive relationships somehow become more positive with age. The limited evidence we have suggests that, especially following the onset of dementia, this is not the case.

Top tips for developing emotional resilience in practice

As social care workers, we are good at caring for others but often we are not so good at looking after ourselves. If we are to be effective in our practice then we need to develop emotional resilience. So how can we thrive in the increasingly challenging world of frontline practice?

New landscapes in social care workforce planning

What are the challenges facing the adult social care workforce and what new roles and approaches are emerging as services strive to adapt and evolve?

Coercive control – at the heart of domestic abuse

Polly Neate, CEO of Women’s Aid, focuses on controlling and coercive behaviour, what social workers need to know and how coercive control is at the heart of domestic abuse.

When social work makes a difference

How can we assess the evidence on when social work makes a difference? Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe, authors of a new report on the effectiveness of adult social work, discuss what we know and how we can build on this.

Legal literacy in social care

Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot, authors of our recently released Strategic Briefing, discuss the importance of senior leaders, managers and practitioner’s knowledge of legal literacy; to understand, develop and respond to complex situations with the use of professional judgement.

Reimagining adult social care; ensuring service users’ voices and views are firmly embedded in the work that we do

How can we involve people who use services and ensure that their voice and views are firmly embedded in the work that we do to support the adult social care sector? Lisa Smith, Research and Development Manager for RiPfA, highlights how we hope to weave those lived experiences into our work at our upcoming Partnership Conference.

Link Officer of the Year: top tips for promoting evidence-informed practice

Deborah Towle is a Senior Intelligence Officer within the Directorate for People’s Commissioning Centre of Excellence at Birmingham City Council. One of her responsibilities is to support the development of evidence informed policy and practice. As the winner of RiPfA’s Link Officer of the Year 2015, Deborah discusses her top tips for promoting evidence-informed practice in her organisation.

Why the workforce is central to improving social care

Jo Moriarty is a Senior Research Fellow in the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London. She is an experienced social care researcher whose research interests have covered the social care workforce, social work qualifying education, support for family carers, dementia, ethnicity and ageing. As one of the expert commentators for our Evidence Review: Reimagining Adult Social Care, here she discusses the concept of a values-driven workforce, how building relationships can make a difference to the quality of care, and looks at what the workforce might need in order to deliver this.

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