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Webinar: Leading strengths-based practice – New insights and learning

Recorded June 2022

Leaders at all levels in adult social care and key partners continue to develop strengths-based approaches, in ways that inspire and demonstrate great courage and passionate commitment in what is an extremely challenging context. Strengths-based approaches in social care focus on what individuals and communities have and how they can work together, rather than on what individuals don’t have or can’t do.

But leading a fundamental change in how we deliver care and support is hugely challenging, especially at a time of high demand for social care, and deep financial constraints. Leaders of strengths-based approaches require deep compassion and commitment, an ability to work in partnership with other organisations, services and people who draw on support, a strong focus on outcomes, plus creativity and entrepreneurialism to overcome barriers.

This webinar explores the role of leaders of strengths-based approaches to care and support, drawing on a new SCIE briefing which we will publish following the webinar; and lessons from the Birmingham University and SCIE Leadership of Strengths Based Practice Programme. It will explore key themes like: Developing compelling visions and plans for change; leading in collaboration; modelling strengths based practice; and leading effective and supportive teams and developing supportive systems for strengths based practice.


  • Chair – Ewan King, Deputy Chief Executive, SCIE
  • Sandra Grutcher, Person with lived experience
  • Alexis Chappell, Director of Adult Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council
  • Professor Robin Miller professor of collaborative learning University of Birmingham
  • Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Mayday Trust.

Webinar: Leading strengths-based practice – New insights and learning

Leadership and strengths-based practice. SCIE webinar recording 15 June 2022