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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] Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Frontline resources
Published: February 2016

With the cultural shift currently taking place in social care, enabling people is a core skill for frontline workers - influencing how people are consulted, how risk is worked with and how outcomes are achieved. This Frontline Briefing explains how risk enablement relates to the

[PUBLICATIONS] Research in Practice for Adults resources 2016-17

Delivery Programme
Published: June 2017

RiPfA Our Work 2016-17 The Research in Practice for Adults Our Work 2016-17 resource reviews our year in practice. It contains an overview of key themes we have focused on from April 2016 – March 2017, as well as links to relevant learning materials including publications,

[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] Supporting confident social work practice with people living with dementia: Learning Resources (open access)

These open access learning resources support social work practice with people living with dementia, focusing on five practice principles: Start with the person Maintain a relationship Involve support networks Uphold people’s rights Work with ongoing change The resourc

[OTHER] KSS for social workers in adult services resource mapping

  About the Knowledge and Skills Statement Mapping Resource How to use the mapping resource Knowledge and Skills Statement by Topic   About the Knowledge and Skills Statement Mapping Resource Mapping Research in Practice for Adults learning resources to the Depart

[OTHER] Mental capacity

Social workers must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Code of Practice and be able to apply these in practice. They should always begin from the presumption that individuals have capacity to make the decision in question. Social

[VIDEO] Legal literacy in social care practice

April 2016
PRESENTER: Professors Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot

Legal literacy requires the skilled application of the legal rules: identifying how real world circumstances fit with the grounds for legal intervention, while ensuring key principles such as human rights and equalities are observed. Legally literate practitioners and managers wi

[VIDEO] Transitions – supporting young people in transition to reach positive outcomes in adulthood

January 2019
PRESENTER: Julie Pointer

The differing legal frameworks governing Children’s and Adults’ Services, combined with the range of services involved in supporting young people in transition, can create challenges for practitioners in providing joined up support for young people.   Dra
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