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

Brief Guides
Published: June 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 any

[OTHER] Case 3: Re P (Mental Capacity Act 2005: Best Interests Test) [2017] EWCOP B26

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2017/B26.html   Date: 31st May 2017 Synopsis: When deciding the care plan and residence of a person without capacity, there is no assumption that paid care is are always more sustainable in the long term than family and friends. If it is in

[OTHER] Case 3: Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests) [2019] EWCOP 2

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2019/2.html Date: 21st February 2019 Synopsis: This case concerns the relevant test for determining whether a person lacks capacity in relation to internet and social media usage. Case Summary: This case involved declarations as to capaci

[PUBLICATIONS] Legal literacy in adult social care: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Strategic Briefings
Published: February 2016

Legal literacy is a key issue in social work and social care. Recent high profile court cases, especially focusing on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, highlight the importance of a sound knowledge of, and ability to critically reflect on, social care and the law. This brief

[PUBLICATIONS] Legal literacy: Practice Tool (2016)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: October 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 t

[PUBLICATIONS] Supporting good court craft: Supervisors Briefing (2019)

Supervisors’ Briefing
Published: April 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 c

[PUBLICATIONS] Supporting good court craft: Practice Tool (2019)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: April 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 transpa

[OTHER] Case 3: Somerset v MK (Deprivation of Liberty: Best Interests Decisions: Conduct of a Local Authority) [2014] EWCOP B25

Link to BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/B25.html Summary: Local Government Lawyer Date: 6 July 2014 Case synopsis A local authority was severely criticised for removing a young woman living with severe learning

[OTHER] Supporting good court craft

‘Court craft’ can be defined as the skills and knowledge required to assess, analyse and present information to court. This is different from ‘legal literacy’, a related term that refers to the ability to connect relevant legal rules with the professional priorities and

[OTHER] Making and evidencing defensible decisions

Tailored support workshop (one-day session) Defensible decision-making requires social workers to demonstrate a clear rationale for their decisions, based on legislation, policy, models of practice, evidence and recognised decision-making tools. This workshop aims to improve p
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