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Preparing young people with special educational needs and disabilities for a good adult life

Differing legal frameworks governing Children’s and Adults’ Services, combined with the range of services involved in supporting young people in transition, can create challenges for practitioners in providing joined-up support for young people.

Getting informed, getting prepared: Understanding care and support for older people

Kate Baxter and colleagues at the University of York have produced open access resources that aim to provide answers to those who require information about social care, and support them as effectively as possible with their next steps.

Social services are agents of change for disabled adults

'Getting Things Changed' might sound ambitious. Yet social care practitioners are tasked with facilitating change every time they engage with disabled clients. This article considers just two aspects of a wide-ranging research programme.

United - not divided

United for All Ages discuss bringing older and young people together for the benefit of all generations and wider society.

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.

Community Catalysts - Do Your Thing

How can we enable people to forge links with others with the same interests or aspirations, to make connections and maximise local assets? In this blog, Community Catalysts describe how they support people to explore their passions and think how they might put these to good use.

Cook Together, Share Together, Learn Together

Cook Together, Share Together is a pilot in North Halifax supporting five people with learning disabilities to match them with a volunteer to prepare, cook and share a meal together once a week.

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.

The value of co-production

You don’t think about the moment you go from daughter to carer. It doesn’t really register, because you’re just doing what you’re supposed to do. It was a gradual process, a dripping tap that fills a bowl so slowly that you don’t notice it happening.

Confident social work practice with people living with dementia

Working with people living with dementia and those who care for them is an emerging key area of social work practice. The rise in the number of people living with dementia means that we as social workers need to ensure we have the right knowledge and skills to offer the best support we can.

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