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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.

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.

The Mental Capacity Act – are we there yet?

The Mental Capacity Act came into force in 2007. Ten years on, Mel Bramwell, Strategic Lead for the Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards at Gateshead, asks ‘are we nearly there yet’ as she reflects on the changes and their journey over the last decade.

Working with people who hoard

Many people collect items. But when collecting things becomes excessive and begins to directly impact someone’s life, it can become problematic.

Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities

Why is there a mismatch between policy expectations, the evidence base of what works, and the real experiences of adults with learning disabilities? Introducing the new Strategic Briefing on Effective Systems to Support People with Learning Disabilities, Rob Greig explores how changes to health and social care policy affects people with learning disabilities and services.

Is it nice outside? Engaging people living with dementia and their carers with the natural environment

Activity and simply getting outdoors is good for us; and people with dementia are no different. With careful support, people with significant health and social care needs can get out into the garden, smell the flowers and listen to the birds.

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.

What are the critical success factors in appointing a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)?

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) can be a paradoxical one. Even if they believe that a deprivation of liberty is in the person’s best interests, they must be willing to help them challenge it. This has proved problematic in some high profile cases. So how is it possible to put aside these personal views to support a friend or loved one? The solution may lie in a better understanding of the role and its responsibilities.

Seven Days of Action

Mark Neary presents Seven Days of Action, a campaign to raise awareness of the thousands of learning disabled people currently being held against their wishes in assessment and treatment units.

Reflections on working with risk

How can practitioners embrace working with risk? Rosie McNamara, author of our Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing reflects on her own experiences of working with risk and how can we enable the individuals we are working with.

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