New publications to support evidence-informed practice

10 February 2016

RiPfA has published three new resources on the topics of: enablement in dementia; legal literacy in social care; and risk enablement. These bring together the latest evidence to support learning and develop practice across these areas. There is also an updated resource which reflects the changes to safeguarding brought about by the Care Act 2014.

Legal literacy in social care: Strategic Briefing (PDF download only)

Image: Legal Literacy in social careRecent high profile court cases, especially focusing on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, highlight the importance of a sound knowledge of, and ability to critically reflect on, social care and the law. Managers and senior leaders need to maintain their legal literacy to ensure that their organisation acts lawfully when commissioning and providing services to meet care and support needs.

In this Strategic Briefing, cases are used to pinpoint standards for decision-making. It contains a self-audit to evaluate existing knowledge and confidence, along with links to other resources to help readers stay up-to-date with developments.

Who’s it for: Team leaders, managers and senior leadership teams.

Enablement in dementia: Practice Tool

Image: Enablement in dementia practice toolExplore practical methods that can be used to enable people living with dementia. This Tool provides support to assess current approaches and think creatively about what can be done to put enablement at the heart of commissioning, managing and delivering dementia services.

Who’s it for: Practitioners, managers and workforce development teams.


Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing and Chart

Image: Risk enablementWith the cultural shift currently taking place in social care, enabling people is a core skill for frontline workers - influencing how people are consulted, how risk is worked with and how outcomes are achieved. This Frontline Briefing explains how risk enablement relates to the Care Act 2014, identifies examples of good practice and provides useful tools and methods for working effectively with risk.

The briefing is accompanied by a reference chart which provides information on some of the key definitions and considerations in risk enablement.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners and managers working with adults and their families.


What is safeguarding adults? Customer Guide 
(updated to reflect the Care Act 2014)

Image: Legal Literacy in social careSafeguarding is crucial to detect and prevent the abuse of adults who might be unable to protect themselves. This updated Customer Guide is intended to help practitioners explain adult safeguarding in jargon-free language for people accessing services, their families and carers.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners, for them to make available to people using services and their families.


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