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Image: Customer Guides: Accessible guidance for practitioners to use with people accessing services, families and carers, to help them understand important issues and the support available to them.

Accessible guidance for practitioners to use with people accessing services, families and carers, to help them understand important issues and the support available to them.

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What is a family group conference for adults? Brief Guide (2017)

Published: Jun 2017

What is a family group conference for adults? Brief Guide (2017)

A family group conference is a facilitated decision-making meeting, which aims to help the individual and/or family find solutions to problems. This might be where there are concerns about an adults’ safety or wellbeing, encouraging the family to find their own lasting solutions by building on their strengths and resources.

This Brief Guide explains what this service is and how it might help people accessing services and their families.

Aimed at: People accessing services, carers and families; social care practitioners, including social workers and family group conference coordinators.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available
Product code: AD-CUG-019
What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide – Easy Read version (2017)

Published: Feb 2017

What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide – Easy Read version (2017)

Councils have to ensure that people who are unable to make their own decisions about where they live are safeguarded from having their liberty restricted. It is essential that the public, families and carers understand what these safeguards are.

This updated Brief Guide, presented in an Easy Read format, provides a jargon-free introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), explains how they work and sets out what to expect. It also takes into account the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that further clarified the legal definition of being ‘deprived of liberty’.

Aimed at: All service users.
What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide – Easy Read version (2017)

Published: Feb 2017

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide – Easy Read version (2017)

Sometimes people who have, for example, dementia, a learning disability, mental illness or a brain injury, are unable to make decisions. Short term conditions like concussion or having a urinary tract infection can also affect people’s ability to make decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a law which says what to do when people are unable to make decisions for themselves and how they can plan for the future in case they lose capacity. This Brief Guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Act and is presented in an Easy Read format.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners and service users.
What rights do carers have to an assessment of their needs? Brief Guide (2016)

Published: Oct 2016

What rights do carers have to an assessment of their needs? Brief Guide (2016)

Before the Care Act 2014 came into force in April 2015, carers did not have a legal right to social care support (although some authorities did in fact provide it). This Brief Guide contains information for carers to help them understand what their new rights are and how to access support.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners, carers, service users and their families.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: AD-CUG-016
What is a Relevant Person's Representative? Brief Guide (2016)

Published: Jun 2016

What is a Relevant Person's Representative? Brief Guide (2016)

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) can be problematic and prone to misunderstanding. This Brief Guide 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.

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

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: AD-CUG-015
What is safeguarding adults? Brief Guide (2015)

Published: Oct 2015

What is safeguarding adults? Brief Guide (2015)

Updated from original version published October 2012.

Safeguarding adults is about detecting and preventing the abuse of adults who might be unable to protect themselves. It is something that everyone needs to know about.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
What is community capacity? Brief Guide (2015)

Published: Mar 2015

What is community capacity? Brief Guide (2015)

This accessible guide provides a jargon-free explanation of ‘community capacity’ for a general audience. It explains the move from a world where many aspects of your community were the council’s responsibility to a world where many things are up to you, your family, friends and neighbours. This guide looks at the possibilities and challenges of this new world.

Aimed at: People who use services, family members, carers, practitioners and the general public.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-014
What are outcomes? Brief Guide (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

What are outcomes? Brief Guide (2014)

If a person needs care or support, their outcomes are what they want their care and support to help them achieve. Any care and support they receive should be aimed at helping them achieve their outcomes.

This Brief Guide provides a jargon-free introduction to outcomes, explains how they work and sets out what to expect.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-013
What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (2014)

Councils have to ensure that people who are unable to make their own decisions about where they live are safeguarded from having their liberty restricted. It is essential that the public, families and carers understand what these safeguards are.

This Brief Guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), explains how they work and sets out what to expect.

This is an updated and revised version of the original Brief Guide (first published in June 2013) and takes into account the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that further clarified the legal definition of being ‘deprived of liberty’.

Aimed at: All service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-008
What are information, advice and advocacy? Brief Guide (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

What are information, advice and advocacy? Brief Guide (2014)

What is the difference between information, advice and advocacy? This helpful guide explains exactly that.

Local authorities are required to give people information and advice about social care, regardless of their eligibility for support, and this guide explains what people can expect from the information they receive. This is part of a larger suite of Brief Guides on a variety of topics and the series can be useful in meeting the requirement to provide information and advice about social care.

Aimed at: The public, information officers and practitioners who are supporting adults and their families.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-011
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