practice tools and guides Published: May 2019
Safeguarding adults means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. It is about promoting individuals’ wellbeing and preventing both the risk of, and the experience of, abuse and neglect wherever possible.
This handbook was first published in 2009 as part of a Change Project called Safety Matters. The project brought research and practice together to identify what works best in safeguarding. The handbook was further updated in 2013, and Research in Practice for Adults is now delighted to publish a fully updated third edition in 2018. The new 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.
Designed for: The focus is on developing practice in safeguarding by highlighting research messages and good working practices, and is intended to promote reflection and discussion.
Number of pages: 100
Product code: AD-HBK-002
frontline resources Published: Apr 2019
This publication complements the accompanying Strategic Briefing on developing strengths-based working. Aimed at frontline social care practitioners and their managers, it:
- Proposes and explains seven key principles of strengths-based approaches in social care, and the evidence base supporting them.
- Presents a series of practical tools to support strengths-based practice, focusing on communication skills.
Designed for: Practitioners, managers and workforce development teams.
Number of pages: 20
Product code: AD-FBR-011
strategic briefings Published: Apr 2019
This Strategic Briefing presents evidence that sits behind the concept of strengths-based working. It explores reasons why strengths-based working is being widely adopted and provides an overview of specific models and practice examples for all those working in adult social care. It aims to support strategic leaders in developing and communicating locally relevant approaches.
Designed for: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff.
Number of pages: 24
Product code: AD-STB-017
practice tools and guides Published: Apr 2019
Using the voice of carers and practice experts, this publication aims to provide tools to support social care and health professionals to work effectively with older carers.
The resource draws specifically from the narratives of older carers. Illustrated by quotes from their lived experience, it includes five practice tools to help practitioners to:
- Develop understanding of what is important to older carers.
- Provide timely information in the transition to becoming a carer later in life.
- Support older carers to access services for themselves and the cared for person.
- Build strategies for ‘being there’ with older carers, reducing loneliness.
- Promote and safeguard older carers’ wellbeing.
Designed for: Practitioners and managers across social care and wider services for adults.
Number of pages: 28
Product code: AD-PTL-019
supervisors briefing Published: Apr 2019
Court craft – the right blend of competencies to support confident assessment, analysis and presentation of information to court – is an important aspect of adult social care. Good, defensible decision-making is at its heart.
This briefing aims to support good court craft by:
- Reinforcing the importance of court craft skills and knowledge across different levels and roles, including explaining how these map against the Professional Capabilities Framework and Knowledge and Skills Statements.
- Identifying ways to enable practitioners to become knowledgeable, skilled, confident and credible when preparing for, and working in, a court setting.
- Considering ways to develop practitioners’ skills of good recording and clear, defensible decision-making.
- Providing details of resources and case law that will assist in keeping court craft skills and knowledge up-to-date, developing and deepening practitioners’ confidence and understanding.
- Offering points for reflection and discussion.
Designed for: Managers and supervisors – those working at the strategic level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) who have responsibility for the management, supervision and/or practice development of others. However, it will also be useful for wider groups of staff.
Number of pages: 32
Product code: AD-SUB-001
practice tools and guides Published: Apr 2019
This resource, and the tools contained within it, supports people working in adult social care to:
- develop their skills and knowledge in relation to writing for, and appearing at, court
- feel more confident in their court craft
- enable practice and decision-making which is transparent, evidence-informed, supportive of strengths-based practice and less open to challenge.
It does not provide detailed guidance on social care law or replicate guidance issued by the courts.
- An overview of the different types of court and the common circumstances or reasons why practitioners may be expected to attend.
- Explanation of the different roles of the practitioner in court.
- Guidance for everyday practice that supports defensible decision-making.
- Guidance on writing statements and reports for court, including looking at the burden and standard of proof.
- An overview of some of the key learning from case law related to social work practice.
The tools at the end of the resource offer guidance, templates and tips to support the professional development and maintenance of court craft skills and knowledge. They are relevant to all social care practitioners who may need to write for or attend court.
The tools can also be downloaded separately at: www.ripfa.org.uk/resources/court-craft
frontline resources Published: Dec 2018
Person-centred care and support is a fundamental 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.
The briefing supports the view that the capacity for mental distress is part of the universal human experience. Attempts to understand and respond to distress should look beyond the individual and towards their experiences, relationships, identity, social capital and resources.
Aimed at: Practitioners working in adult social care.
Number of pages: 24
Product code: AD-FBR-010
strategic briefings Published: Aug 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
Product code: JT-SBT-002
policy scopes Published: Jul 2018
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.
brief guides Published: Jun 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
Product code: AD-CUG-022