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Safety Matters: Practitioners' Handbook - Developing practice in safeguarding adults (2018)

practice tools and guides Published: Jul 2018

Safety Matters: Practitioners' Handbook - Developing practice in safeguarding adults (2018)

This handbook came out of a Change Project called Safety Matters, which took place in 2009 and brought research and practice together to identify what works best in safeguarding. The handbook was updated in 2013, and this is the third edition.

The 2018 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 (MSP).

The focus is on developing practice in safeguarding by highlighting research messages and good working practices, and is intended to promote reflection and discussion among practitioners.

Aimed at: Anyone who is involved practically with safeguarding adults.

Number of pages: 100

Product code: AD-HBK-002

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

Sexual exploitation and mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

frontline resources Published: Mar 2018

Sexual exploitation and mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

Local authorities have a responsibility to safeguard people from sexual exploitation. This publication explores the evidence relating to sexual exploitation and mental health and covers:

  • Signs of sexual exploitation
  • How to effectively engage with people who are at risk of sexual exploitation.
  • The legislative and policy framework around sexual exploitation
  • How to personalise approaches to balance best practice with the situation, capacity, needs and wishes of the individual.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and workforce development teams.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available.
Product code: AD-FBR-008

Working with complexity: Evidence Review (2018)

evidence reviews Published: Mar 2018

Working with complexity: Evidence Review (2018)

Working with people and their families is complex, and our family settings and situations are dynamic and complicated. Our aspiration with this Evidence Review is to explore some specific areas of complexity, identifying relevant research and highlighting good practice.

In this review we focus on four key areas of complexity: Helping families work with complexity; Complexity in working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005; Working with risk and Working across the life course with people who have a learning disability. Some of the themes across these four areas interlink, and you will see as you read how they are connected.

The review is intended to support, as well as to promote discussion. We hope you find it thought-provoking and that it encourages debate around how you work with people.

Aimed at: People providing services, managers, learning and development teams, higher education institutions, senior leaders and anyone with an interest in the evidence base for this sector.

Number of pages: 126
Preview available.
Product code: AD-EVR-002

Assessment: Brief Guide (2018)

brief guides Published: Mar 2018

Assessment: Brief Guide (2018)

An adult social care assessment is a process which identifies what people want to achieve in order to maintain or improve their wellbeing, whilst having as much independence and control over their day-to-day life as possible This Brief Guide explains in simple terms what an assessment is and how it works, along with practical advice to help ensure they are effective.

Aimed at: People accessing services, carers and families, social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: AD-CUG-021

Assets-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing (2018)

leaders briefings Published: Mar 2018

Assets-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing (2018)

Asset-based work with communities is part of a wider strengths-based approach, drawing on personalisation, community development, and co-production. When an approach is asset-based, it means that it consciously identifies and mobilises the assets - skills, gifts and resources - of people, communities and organisations.

The research is starting to address why asset-based work with communities can be difficult, ineffective and involve setbacks - but also how to learn from them. This Leaders’ Briefing sets out this knowledge, considering how its principles can be most effective.

Aimed at: Directors and senior managers.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LBR-006

Ensuring effective training for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs): Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Mar 2018

Ensuring effective training for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs): Strategic Briefing (2018)

The purpose of this briefing is to provide SAB chairs, board members and other relevant people with ideas as to how they can better assure themselves that adult safeguarding training commissioned or delivered on their behalf is of good quality and promotes the transfer of learning into practice. It focuses on:

  • the context within which adult safeguarding training takes place
  • the key challenges for training in adult safeguarding
  • best practice in ensuring the transfer of training and learning into improved practice, and better outcomes for adults at risk
  • best practice in evaluation of training so that SABs can improve their ability to know what difference their training and staff development activity is making.

Aimed at: Senior leaders, service leads and commissioners.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available.
Product code: AD-STB-016

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