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[PUBLICATIONS] Good assessment: Practitioners’ Handbook (2014)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: December 2014

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published. Good practice in assessment is an essential part of effective social care. This handbook sets out the law, policy, evidence and theory that underpins good assessment. It helps assessors and organisations to improv

[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] 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] 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

[BLOG] The Mental Capacity Act – are we there yet?

October 2017, Research in Practice for Adults

Mel Bramwell ‘But are we there yet?’ asked the numerous Mental Capacity Act (MCA)/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) Leads at the Local Implementation Group (LIN), which has been operational since 2007. ‘Ten years on, are we there yet, are we doing it right?’ So

[PUBLICATIONS] Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide (2018)

Brief Guides
Published: June 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

[PUBLICATIONS] Safety Matters: Practitioners’ Handbook - Revised Third edition (2019)

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

[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] Suggested reforms to the wider Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005

Synopsis The intention here is to strengthen the rights of people who lack mental capacity in a situation where others are making decisions for or about them, or may contemplate doing so. There are also moves to ensure that the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of Per

[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
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