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Supporting outcomes-focused practice

RiPfA has just come to the end of a two-year Change Project with the Partner network. The project identified and built on best practice to develop a new range of resources to support outcomes-focused practice, as well as developing the Outcomes Triangle - a new concept and model to support outcomes-focused conversations and care planning.

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.

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.

‘Belongingness and love’

Do we project our own fears of relationships onto people we support? Do we accept a risk adverse blame culture that collaterally marginalises people with learning disabilities? ‘Belongingness and love’ is a need, not a just a desire. Positive relationships are essential, but clear barriers remain for people we support. Accessible guidance can only work for people who are able to access it. So what about those who can’t?

Enabling people with learning disabilities and autism to travel independently

The complexity of the public transport network can be a major barrier for people with learning disabilities and autism as they seek independence and engagement with the wider community. The Brandon Trust details their Travel Buddy Project, which helps individuals to travel safely and independently.

Supporting older people in a strengths-based way

There is a lot of interest right now across the UK in ‘strengths-based’ approaches to care and support. These top ten tips will help to support working towards the Care Act 2014 requirement to ‘consider the person’s own strengths and capabilities, and what support might be available from their wider support network or within the community to help’.

Community connecting for people with learning disabilities – it’s about people not places

Being really connected within your community doesn’t just mean volunteering in your local charity shop – it means making friends with the other volunteers, and feeling empowered enough to call them up and invite them round for dinner without your support workers needing to risk assess the evening.

Working with risk

Frontline workers in social care, health and housing settings spend a lot of their time (and sleepless nights) weighing up risks in relation to the people they support. With fewer resources to go around, these dilemmas can become even more difficult.

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?

Working with new migrant communities in Leeds: asset-based approaches in practice

The Migrant Access Project (MAP) in Leeds has been working with local communities to identify, harness and support the exchange of knowledge and skills in order to introduce new arrivals to living in Leeds. This gave birth to the Syrian Kitchen, a leading example of asset and strengths-based approaches that has resulted in numerous unforeseen positive outcomes beyond the new migrant community.

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