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[PUBLICATIONS] Making Decisions on Capacity and Best Interests: Strategic Briefing (2013)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: January 2013

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published. It’s estimated that as many as two million adults in England and Wales lack the mental capacity to make decisions on a daily basis. Consequently, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) lies at the core of many d

[PUBLICATIONS] What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (2013)

Brief Guides
Published: January 2012

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published. This guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Sometimes people who have, for example, dementia, a learning disability, mental illness or a brain injury are unable to make decision

[PUBLICATIONS] What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (2014)

Brief Guides
Published: January 2014

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published. Councils have to ensure that people who are unable to make their own decisions about where they live are safeguarded from having their liberty restricted. It is essential that the public, families and carers under

[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 bri

[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 anyone

[PUBLICATIONS] Involving people in safeguarding adults: Leaders' Briefing (2016)

Leaders' Briefings
Published: June 2016

The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that involving people in adult safeguarding is expected at a number of levels. This Leaders' Briefing outlines policy expectations and evidence to support progress across the four following areas: Involving people in their own safeguarding. Obtai

[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

[PUBLICATIONS] Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Frontline resources
Published: January 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 briefin

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

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: February 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 positiv

[PUBLICATIONS] Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2017)

Strategic Briefings
Published: February 2017

People with learning disabilities or autism have consistently poorer outcomes in areas such as health, life expectancy and quality of life. What kind of social care systems can help to even out these inequalities so that people with learning disabilities can live good lives? This
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