Implications for practice of using a strengths-based approach

The strengths-based approach will in many places result in a cultural shift, with the local authority focusing on the person’s strengths and abilities. It means thinking positively about people who need care and support as well as engaging with the community to reduce isolation and draw those with care and support needs further into community networks. The strengths-based approach is about reducing dependency and challenging ‘prescription culture’. Crucially, it is about protecting and promoting the person’s independence, resilience, choice and wellbeing.

The Care Act requires local authorities to have a strengths-based approach throughout the user’s journey and enshrined within all interventions/interactions with individuals. Here are some of the implications for practice.