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Guidance for practitioners to use in everyday delivery of services.

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Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool

Published: Oct 2017

Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool

This practice tool aims to support practitioners and managers who are already running a family group conference (FGC) service for adults, and those who are considering developing a service.

It provides an overview of:

  • The current evidence base regarding FGCs with adults.
  • The complexities of measuring the impact of FGCs on outcomes for adults and their families.
  • Practical ideas to support the evaluation of the process and outcomes of an FGC service for adults.

Aimed at: All those involved in adult family group conferences, including senior leaders, managers and coordinators already running or looking to set up a family group conference service for adults.

Number of pages: 28
Preview available.
Product code: AD-PTL-018

Good recording: Practice Tool (2017)

Published: Jun 2017

Good recording: Practice Tool (2017)

This Practice Tool provides an overview of the importance and purpose of recording, with resources and case studies to support reflection and professional development. The tools support:

  • preparation for recording
  • professional writing
  • note-taking and recording outcomes-focused conversations
  • recording analysis, rationale, decisions and actions.

Its main focus is on recording assessment conversations. However, the principles apply to all professional recording.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers across social care and wider services for adults.

Number of pages: 24
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Product code: AD-PTL-017

Good practice at end of life for social care practitioners: Practice Tool (2017)

Published: Feb 2017

Good practice at end of life for social care practitioners: Practice Tool (2017)

When working with people and their families at the end of their life it is important that we work in a way that enables people to have the best possible experience of death. Practitioners can feel uncertain about what constitutes best practice and may need support to have positive conversations.

This Practice Tool provides methods for practitioners to use when working with people and their families.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and managers.

Number of pages: 16
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Legal literacy: Practice Tool (2016)

Published: Oct 2016

Legal literacy: Practice Tool (2016)

Legal literacy matters because the law determines how and when the state can intervene in the lives of individuals. It also serves as a valuable tool to support empowering, enabling and rights-focused social work and social care practice.

This resource uses tools and exercises to develop practitioners’ understanding of the legal framework that underpins their role and improve their confidence in working with the law.

Aimed at: Practitioners, team leaders, managers.

Number of pages: 32
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Young carers and their families: Confident assessment practice (Practice Tool, 2015)

Published: May 2016

Young carers and their families: Confident assessment practice (Practice Tool, 2015)

The Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (section 96) place new requirements on children’s and adult social care to identify young carers and assess their needs.

Set within the context of these two Acts, and with a focus on whole family approaches to working with young carers and their families, this Practice Tool aims to equip people working in children’s and adult services with skills and confidence to work with young carers and their families. This is not an assessment tool, but a tool to support practitioners to develop the skills needed to build relationships with young carers and their families.

Aimed at:
  • frontline practitioners in children’s and adult social care who work with young carers and their families
  • workforce development teams delivering training to those working with young carers
  • health and education professionals working with young carers, including those in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).


Number of pages: 23
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Enablement in dementia: Practice Tool (2016)

Published: Feb 2016

Enablement in dementia: Practice Tool (2016)

Building on the RiPfA Key Issue: Enablement in dementia (January 2015), this Practice Tool translates its key messages into practical methods that can be used to support commissioners, services managers and frontline practitioners to deliver dementia services with enablement in mind. The tool challenges people to assess their approach, and think robustly and creatively about what more can be done to put enablement at the heart of commissioning, managing and delivering dementia services.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and workforce development teams.

Number of pages: 18
Preview available.
Product code: AD-PTL-015

Appreciative Inquiry in Safeguarding Adults: Practice Tool (2015)

Published: Sep 2015

Appreciative Inquiry in Safeguarding Adults: Practice Tool (2015)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Appreciative Inquiry is a method to help you analyse situations, make decisions and formulate action plans for change. This tool is a great starting point for practitioners, managers, supervisors and Safeguarding Adult Boards who want to understand more about Appreciative Inquiry and how it can be used to evaluate and improve safeguarding services.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers of safeguarding teams. Appreciative Inquiry is also applicable across a range of areas.

Number of pages: 16
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Product code: AD-PTL-014
Supporting emotional resilience within the social care workforce: Practice Tool (2015)

Published: Jan 2015

Supporting emotional resilience within the social care workforce: Practice Tool (2015)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to and ‘bounce back’ from difficult situations and can help individuals and teams to cope with uncertainty and stressful situations. These practical tools focus on the learnable skills and approaches that can be promoted and supported within the social care workforce. It includes practical exercises for teams, individuals and managers that can be used to improve practice and service delivery.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and workforce development teams.

Number of pages: 10
Preview available.
Product code: AD-PTL-013
Supporting people with multiple needs and exclusions: Councillors’ Briefing (2015)

Published: Jan 2015

Supporting people with multiple needs and exclusions: Councillors’ Briefing (2015)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

People with multiple needs and exclusions face a combination of problems at once –including mental ill health, substance misuse, repeat offending, homelessness and poverty. Furthermore evidence shows that services do not provide consistent, effective support.

As a result, people are often not able to achieve outcomes relating to improving their lives.

Councillors have a key role to play in raising awareness of this agenda and promoting partnership between key services to develop a more effective response across the whole system. This briefing outlines the main issues, providing key questions and suggested actions.

Aimed at: Councillors.

Number of pages: 12
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Product code: AD-CBR-007
Working with people who self-neglect: Practice Tool (updated 2016)

Published: Jan 2015

Working with people who self-neglect: Practice Tool (updated 2016)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Practice Tool, written by Professor Suzy Braye, Dr David Orr and Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, draws on their latest research, which was commissioned by the Department of Health and involved interviewing staff and people who self-neglect in order to find out ‘what works’.

The tool provides guidance on understanding and engaging with the experience of self-neglect, as well as practice approaches that can support positive outcomes.

Aimed at: Workforce development professionals, practitioners and their managers.

Number of pages: 18
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