Open access learning resources to support confident social work practice with people living with dementia
New open access learning resources look at the issues that people living with dementia may experience, and how social workers can develop a greater understanding of these in order to deliver good practice to support people through the different stages of dementia, from diagnosis to preparing for the end of life.
Commissioned by the Department of Health and developed by Research in Practice for Adults with input and feedback from professionals working with people with dementia, the open access resources include case studies, tools and practical guidance to support good social work practice with people living with dementia, focusing on five practice principles:
- Start with the person
- Maintain a relationship
- Involve support networks
- Uphold people’s rights
- Work with ongoing change
The resources are aimed at social workers and those who support them to work well, such as managers and educators. They will also be useful for allied professionals, agencies and organisations, and have been designed to be accessible for the general public, particularly those who are affected by dementia.