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Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)
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Improving the outcomes and experience of people who use adult social care services
Improving the outcomes and experience of people who use adult social care services

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There is a lot of interest right now across the UK in ‘strengths-based’ approaches to care and support. These top ten tips will help to support working towards the Care Act 2014 requirement to ‘consider the person’s own strengths and capabilities, and what support might be available from their wider support network or within the community to help’.
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Working with risk

Frontline workers in social care, health and housing settings spend a lot of their time (and sleepless nights) weighing up risks in relation to the people they support. With fewer resources to go around, these dilemmas can become even more difficult.

https://www.ripfa.org.uk/blog/working-with-risk/
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An area of research I’ve been looking into recently is that of domestic abuse and dementia. Domestic abuse is a widespread issue and the prevalence of dementia is increasing with our aging population. It’s tempting to hope that longstanding abusive relationships somehow become more positive with age. The limited evidence we have suggests that, especially following the onset of dementia, this is not the case.
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In December 2015, a new offence of controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship was brought into law under the Serious Crime Act (2015). The law recognises that a pattern of coercive control is the root of domestic abuse. Understanding and working with this new offence is very important for social workers in relation to their safeguarding practice with people who have care and support needs and who may be at risk of harm or abuse.
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Lisa Smith, Research & Development Manager, marks the end of RiPfA’s tenth birthday year with thoughts of what the future might hold and ‘where next’ for evidence-informed practice.
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Reimagining Adult Social Care: Evidence Review (2015)

This Evidence Review, accompanied by an Executive Summary asks the broad question: If we were able to start designing adult social care from a blank slate, and build a system based on the evidence of what people want and what is effective, what would that system look like?
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Support changes to safeguarding in wake of the Care Act; understand your own and others’ attachment styles; and adopt an Appreciative Inquiry approach to assist decision-making with our new publications.
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Chris Davies, Associate Director of Research in Practice for Adults, celebrates RiPfA’s tenth birthday and outlines reasons behind its continuing success. 
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