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New RiPfA publications for frontline practice and strategic leaders

10 July 2018

New RiPfA publications

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) has released several new publications on key topics, bringing together the latest evidence to support practice:

  • Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing
  • Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide
  • Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline Briefing
  • Safety Matters - Developing practice in safeguarding adults: Practitioners’ Handbook - Third edition

An accompanying Mapping Resource (PDF) provides details of each new release and who they are aimed at, as well as identifying a selection of related publications from the RiPfA back catalogue.


Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic BriefingEstimates are that between 40 to 60 percent of parents with a learning disability do not live with their children. This publication provides an overview of the available evidence in relation to ‘what works’ in working with parents who have a learning disability, including case study examples of good practice.

The publication is aimed at local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. In particular, the briefing aims to enable strategic leaders to:

  • understand the practice tensions in this area
  • become familiar with the key research
  • gain a greater understanding as to what will best support parents who have a learning disability.  

The briefing has been jointly produced by RiPfA and Research in Practice (RiP).

Aimed at: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay).

Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT).


A brief guide to...Mental Health Act assessments

Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide The Mental Health Act (1983) is the main piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder. This Brief Guide aims to provide accessible, clear information that supports people and carers throughout the Mental Health Act assessment process.

Aimed at: Adults and carers.

Paperback price: £0.80 (no VAT to pay).

Download price: £0.96 (includes VAT).


Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline Briefing

Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline BriefingWorking with people is complex and when we are working with people who may be taking risks, it’s imperative to understand how we might balance their human rights, while enabling them to be safe and to live a full life. Building on Research in Practice for Adults’ work around risk enablement, this Frontline Briefing looks at what we bring as practitioners in terms of:

  • our own perspective
  • balancing risks and rights
  • recognising the role that our own values and ethics may play in our practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers.

Paperback price: £12.00 (no VAT to pay).

Download price: £14.40 (includes VAT).


Safety Matters - Developing practice in safeguarding adults: Practitioners’ Handbook - Third edition

Safety Matters: Practitioners' HandbookSafeguarding adults means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. It is about promoting individuals’ wellbeing and preventing both the risk of, and the experience of, abuse and neglect wherever possible.

This handbook was first published in 2009 as part of a Change Project called Safety Matters. The project brought research and practice together to identify what works best in safeguarding. The handbook was further updated in 2013, and Research in Practice for Adults is now delighted to publish a fully updated third edition in 2018. The new edition takes account of recent policy and culture changes in safeguarding adults under the Care Act 2014, and following the national implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal.

Aimed at: Anyone who is involved with safeguarding adults.

Paperback price: £25 (no VAT to pay). 

Download price: £30 (includes VAT).

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