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Developing strength-based working locally - evidence to consider: Strategic Briefing

upcoming publications Published: Oct 2018

Developing strength-based working locally - evidence to consider: Strategic Briefing

Strength-based working is an intuitively positive direction of travel, widely signed up to across the sector at a strategic level right through to practice. This Strategic Briefing discusses the evidence which sits behind this concept, including an overview of specific models, and the type of information to consider when deciding on an approach. It aims to support strategic leaders in developing and communicating a locally relevant approach to strength-based working.

Aimed at: Managers.

It is not about the diagnosis - an overview of adult mental health: Frontline Briefing

upcoming publications Published: Oct 2018

It is not about the diagnosis - an overview of adult mental health: Frontline Briefing

Person-centred care and support is a fundmental principle within adult social care. This Frontline Briefing explores how this can be applied in mental health settings and services, using research and evidence to support practitioners in seeing the person not the diagnosis.

Aimed at: Practitioners working in adult social care.

Growing confident practice in court: Strategic Briefing

upcoming publications Published: Oct 2018

Growing confident practice in court: Strategic Briefing

This Strategic Briefing looks at the organisational support required to increase practitioner skills, confidence and credibility when working in court and when writing court reports. It ensures practitioners are informed by robust research evidence and case law and follow the principles of defensible decision-making.

Aimed at: Senior leadership teams, team managers and local authority legal teams.

Writing confidently for court: Practice Tool

upcoming publications Published: Oct 2018

Writing confidently for court: Practice Tool

This Practice Tool is aimed at adult social care practitioners who prepare reports and give evidence in court, including the court of protection and coroner's court. It aims to increase practitioners' skills and confidence in the writing of reports for court that are informed by robust research evidence and case law and follow the principles of defensible decision-making.

Aimed at: Managers and social workers who attend court and advanced practitioners who support colleagues in preparing, writing and giving evidence in court.

Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Aug 2018

Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Diverse approaches are taken in safeguarding practice across Adults’ and Children’s Services. These differences present challenges for those seeking to effectively safeguard adolescents into adulthood and young people can feel ill-equipped for the change in practice culture they experience as they become adults.

This briefing, jointly produced by Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, explores how a transitional approach to safeguarding could be developed. It looks at approaches to safeguarding adolescents and young adults fluidly across developmental stages that builds on the best available evidence, learns from both children’s and adults’ safeguarding practice and which prepares young people for their adult lives.

Aimed at: Senior leaders and managers involved in safeguarding children and/or adults, in particular those with responsibility for designing and developing services and leading practice.

Number of pages: 28

Preview available

Product code: JT-SBT-002

Applying research to social care practice: RiPfA RPU 137 August 2018 (open access)

policy scopes Published: Jul 2018

Applying research to social care practice: RiPfA RPU 137 August 2018 (open access)

Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have been in the business of evidence-informed practice for 22 and 13 years respectively. During that time, we’ve worked to bring together research messages with practice wisdom, making sure they are combined with the voices of people who use services: developing a culture that is informed by evidence and grounded in professional judgement.

We’ve learned that getting the messages from academic study directly into social care work is a multi-faceted operation. It is not easy, and it is certainly not linear. It depends, in varying proportions, on interactions between an individual practitioner, their team, researchers, the organisational context, academic culture, and the wider environment.

This month’s Research and Policy Update explores some of the latest thinking on how to navigate this effectively and examines the role of link officers in social care organisations.

This resource is open access and free to download.

Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide (2018)

brief guides Published: Jun 2018

Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide (2018)

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

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: AD-CUG-022

Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline Briefing (2018)

frontline resources Published: Jun 2018

Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline Briefing (2018)

Working 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.


Number of pages: 20
Preview available.
Product code: AD-FBR-009

Annual Review 2017-18

delivery programme Published: Jun 2018

Annual Review 2017-18

The Research in Practice for Adults Annual Review showcases our programme of work across 2017-18.

It provides an overview of key topics that have been focused on, as well as links to relevant learning materials. This includes publications, workshops, webinars, Research and Policy Updates, Case Law and Legal Summaries and blogs. It also details bespoke projects and other support available for Partners and non-partners alike.

Individuals can use the publication to map specific materials to their learning and development needs, as well as a guide to Research in Practice for Adults resources.

The Research in Practice for Adults Annual Review is open access.  

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Apr 2018

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Estimates 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 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.

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

Number of pages: 32

Product code: JT-SBT-001

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