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[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] 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] 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] 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

[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] Risk enablement (CHART): Frontline Briefing (2016)

Frontline resources
Published: February 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 cha

[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

[OTHER] Case Law and Legal Summaries

Case Law and Legal Summaries: monthly overview and analysis of selected cases, highlighting implications and recommendations for practice. You need to be a member of RiPfA to access full Case Law Summaries, have a website account and be logged in – if you don’t have an acc

[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

[PUBLICATIONS] Good recording: Practice Tool (2017)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: June 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 co
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