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Self-neglect policy and practice: research messages for managers

Part of Self-neglect

This briefing highlights key findings for managers from research which looked policies and practices that have produced positive outcomes in self-neglect work. The original research drew on a survey 53 local authorities and a series of in-depth interviews with 20 managers, 42 practitioners in adult social care and in safeguarding, and 29 people who use services. It begins by defining self-neglect and then looks at specific aspects of strategy and governance, including the location of self-neglect within adult safeguarding, the commissioning of reviews, and the development of policies for self neglect. It then looks at operational aspects, focusing on building multi-agency cooperation, configuring effective referral pathways and supporting frontline practice through training and guidance. Four questions for managers to consider when reviewing their organisation's self-neglect policy and practice are also included. Self-neglect practice was found to be more successful where practitioners built good relationships; worked at the individuals pace; were honest about risks and options; made use of creative and flexible interventions; and engaged in effective multi-agency working. Organisational arrangements that best supported self-neglect work included: a clear location for strategic responsibility for self-neglect; a shared understanding between agencies; clear referral routes; training and development for staff working with adults who self-neglect.

Integrated working: an overview

This film says that health and social care often work together with a shared purpose, to improve the lives of people who use services, and their carers. The film looks at five areas of integration: Research, policy, organisational issues, the effect on staff, service users and carers.

Partnership working in child protection

This film for children’s services, health and care staff and social workers, introduces the key issues and developments in child protection. It looks at how hospitals and local authorities can work together more effectively to protect children and identify and reduce the risk of maltreatment.

Disabled children and young people: enhancing access to leisure services

This film for commissioners of services for disabled children and young people focuses on an innovative approach to widening access to leisure services and equipment. The film examines how universal services can be effectively upgraded to improve outcomes for disabled children and young people.

Parental mental health and child welfare - the practitioners’ perspective

This film for staff in mental health and children’s services from all sectors brings together professionals from health, social care and education. Each professional has experience of dealing with parental mental health issues in the voluntary sector, in education, in community mental health and in family centres.

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