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Strengths-based approach for council services supporting adult social care

This resource will support council services supporting ASC to understand what a strengths-based approach is, what it means to their role and how to ensure their practice is strengths-based.

A strengths-based approach in Adult Social Care (ASC) is often perceived to be a model of practice that is only applicable to direct client-facing roles, such as social work or occupational therapy.

The Care Act 2014 general duties, which are underpinned by strengths-based approaches to connect with people who access care and support, apply to all people who work in the ASC sector including commissioning, brokerage, and business support.

Research undertaken by SCIE shows that strengths-based ways of working are only successful when a whole-place or whole-system approach is implemented. In partnership with East Midlands ADASS SCIE has created this online resource to support council services that support ASC, understanding the vital role they play and the legal responsibility they have in embedding strengths-based ways of working.

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A council service supporting Adult Social Care (ASC) refers to employees in the department/wider local authority who work in non-social work / occupational therapy roles but do perform tasks that support or enable social work/occupational therapy interventions and therefore the provision of care and support to residents.

This resource specifically addresses what strengths-based practice means for the following council services supporting ASC:

Direct payment administrators
Contracts and procurement roles
System and business support roles
Financial operations roles
Performance management roles

Council services supporting ASC

Council services supporting ASC refers to employees in the department who work in non-social work / OT roles but are involved in the provision of care and support to residents.

Strengths-based practice

The Care Act 2014 provides local authorities with a legal framework and outlines its duties and functions. Each of these need to be achieved using strengths-based approaches to enable people to find the best solutions for themselves and to support them in making independent decisions about how they live.

Making It Real and SBP

Find the six ‘Making It Real’ themes and the ‘We’ statements related to strengths-based practice and how they apply to the enabling roles in Adult Social Care.

Next steps and examples

Strengths-based practice is a journey, one that you may never finish, but a journey that you need to continuously check that you are on.

Webinar: Strengths-based practice for adult social care enabling roles

Recorded Spring 2023.

East Midland’s ADASS, in partnership with SCIE, have developed an online learning resource on strengths-based practice for supporting function roles within Adult Social Care. This webinar looks at adult social care ‘enabling roles’.

Strengths-based approach training course

A strengths-based approach to care is a collaborative process that draws upon an individual’s strengths and assets and those within their community. Learn how to put this approach into practice and maximise an individual’s independence.

Strengths-based approach for council services supporting adult social care