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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] 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] 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] 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 c

[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] 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, work

[OTHER] KSS-5: Mental capacity

Return to the KSS main page 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

[OTHER] Working with people who hoard

Tailored Support workshop (one-day session) Hoarding has become increasingly acknowledged as a widespread challenge for practitioners in social care. This workshop explores what hoarding is and why people hoard, and gives opportunities to consider ‘what works’ when working
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