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New publications: supporting carers; developing the workforce; involvement in safeguarding; the role of the Relevant Person’s Representative

14 June 2016
Image: RiPfA new resources for June 2016

RiPfA has published new resources to support evidence-informed practice, focusing on:

  • Providing support for young carers and their families. 
  • Improving social work practice with carers.
  • Developing a strong and sustainable social care workforce. 
  • Involving people in adult safeguarding. 
  • Understanding the role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR).

Young carers and their families - confident assessment practice: Practice Tool

Image: Young carers and their families: Confident assessment practice (Practice Tool, 2015)

The Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (section 96) place new expectations on children’s and adult social care to identify young carers and assess their needs.

Set within the context of these two Acts, the Practice Tool aims to equip professionals in Children’s and Adults’ Services with the skills and confidence to work with young carers and their families.

It identifies common concerns and challenges for young carers and their families, and what practitioners need to be aware of, as well as recommending strategies to build positive relationships and support transition into adulthood.

Young carers and their families - confident assessment practice: Practice Tool (PDF download only)

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners working with young carers and their families, workforce development teams delivering training to those working with young carers, health and education professionals working with young carers (including those in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)


Social work practice with carers: Website

Image: Social Work Practice with Carers' site

With over 6.5 million carers in the UK looking after someone who is older, disabled or unwell, there is an increasing focus on how to provide support for this unpaid workforce. The new Social Work Practice with Carers site was commissioned by the Department of Health and developed by RiPfA in partnership with carers, along with support from Carers UK and the Carers Trust.

It provides open access case studies, films, guidance and tools to enhance understanding of the issues facing carers and to use in direct work.

Social work practice with carers: Website (open access)

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners working with carers and their families, workforce development teams delivering training to those working with carers.


Developing the social care workforce: Strategic Briefing

Image: Developing the social care workforce: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Across the UK, local authorities are looking at how to recruit, support and retain a strong social care workforce. However, there has recently been a focus on skills shortage within the sector at the same time as expectations for delivery are increasing and plans for more stringent regulation are underway.

This briefing gives an overview of the current situation, explores the policy drivers and other pressures affecting this landscape, and examines some of the possible solutions. It also provides examples of what has worked for different councils and agencies, along with guidance on key areas to consider in workforce planning.

Developing the social care workforce: Strategic Briefing

Aimed at: Senior decision-makers working within Adults' Services.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay) 
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)


What is a relevant person's representative (RPR)? Customer Guide

Image: What is a Relevant Person's representative? Customer Guide (2016)

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) can be problematic and prone to misunderstanding. The latest in RiPfA’s series of Customer Guides focuses on clarifying the legal standing and purpose of the RPR. It also provides an accessible means of explaining the role and responsibilities to anyone who is appointing or taking on the role of the RPR.

What is a relevant person's representative (RPR)? Customer Guide

Aimed at: All social care practitioners, including Best Interest Assessors, carers and service users.

Paperback price: £0.80 (no VAT to pay) 
Download price: £0.96 (includes VAT)


Involving people in safeguarding adults: Leaders' Briefing

Image: Involving people in safeguarding adults: Leaders' Briefing (2016)

The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that involving people in adult safeguarding is expected at a number of levels. This Leaders' Briefing outlines policy expectations and evidence to support progress across the four following areas:

  • Involving people in their own safeguarding.
  • Obtaining feedback from people who have experienced safeguarding.
  • Providing good information and advice on safeguarding.
  • Involving communities in the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

Involving people in safeguarding adults: Leaders' Briefing

Aimed at: Directors, Assistant Directors, Safeguarding Leads, Councillors, members of the Safeguarding Adults Board, Making Safeguarding Personal leads.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay) 
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)

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