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Frontline Briefings

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In-depth exploration of specific topics, along with recommendations for best practice to support evidence-informed service delivery.

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Embedding strengths-based practice: Frontline Briefing (2019)

Published: Apr 2019

Embedding strengths-based practice: Frontline Briefing (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

Preview available

Product code: AD-FBR-011

Person-centred approaches to adult mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

Published: Dec 2018

Person-centred approaches to adult mental health: Frontline Briefing (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

Preview available

Product code: AD-FBR-010

 

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

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

Sexual exploitation and mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

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

Making an outcomes approach work in practice: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Published: Jun 2017

Making an outcomes approach work in practice: Frontline Briefing (2017)

This Frontline Briefing explores how we can support people using social care services to define the outcomes they want for themselves. It asks which approaches will work for everyone – people using services, staff and commissioners?

Updating and revising the original Key Issue published in 2014, it also includes policy context, definitions of outcomes and practical examples of outcomes-based practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available
Product code: AD-FBR-007
Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Published: Feb 2017

Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Adults with learning disabilities aspire to have intimate relationships as most people do, yet often describe feeling lonely. Practice has traditionally focused on ‘keeping people safe’ by limiting rather than encouraging relationships. This briefing focuses on how practitioners can support people to have positive relationships and minimise the risk of exploitation. It also explores how to enable adults with learning disabilities to define what they want and expect from a relationship.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

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

Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Published: Jan 2017

Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)

The NHS estimates that between two and five per cent of adults in the UK may have symptoms of a hoarding disorder. Social care practitioners may have a role to play in supporting people who hoard. This work can be complex, and may necessitate a multi-agency response. This briefing builds on our Practice tool: working with people who self-neglect to outline the evidence on hoarding, and how to best support people who are engaging in hoarding behaviours.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-FBR-005

Using a mentalising approach in adult social care: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Oct 2016

Using a mentalising approach in adult social care: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Mentalisation is the ability to think about one’s own and other people’s behaviour and underlying mental states. It can be employed to engage people in the process of change, support emotional resilience and enable relationship-based working with adults and families. It is also valuable in supervision and for professional development.

This resource provides examples of local practice along with guidance to enable understanding of a mentalising approach and how to use it in direct work.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

Number of pages: 20
Preview available.
Product code: AD-FBR-004
Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Feb 2016

Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing (2016)

With the cultural shift currently taking place in social care, enabling people is a core skill for frontline workers - influencing how people are consulted, how risk is worked with and how outcomes are achieved. This Frontline Briefing explains how risk enablement relates to the Care Act 2014, identifies examples of good practice and provides useful tools and methods for working effectively with risk.

This briefing is accompanied by a reference chart Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing which provides an outline of some of the key definitions and considerations in risk enablement.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-FBR-003
Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Feb 2016

Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2016)

This chart accompanies the full Research in Practice for Adults Frontline Briefing: Risk enablement. The briefing looks at how social care practitioners can manage the potentially conflicting demands of risk and enablement in order to promote wellbeing. This concise reference chart provides key definitions and outlines key considerations in risk enablement. It should be used in conjunction with the main briefing as an aid and reminder of the issues outlined in greater detail within that resource.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers who work with adults and their families.

Number of pages: 4
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