Strengths-based approach: Practice Framework and Practice Handbook

Adult Services
Social Work
Practitioner Support
Direct Work Adults

Posted: 14 February 2019

In January 2017 the Chief Social Worker for Adults in collaboration with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SICE) hosted a round table event at SCIE to explore what strengths-based social work with adults, individuals, families and communities really means for practitioners and people using services. The event brought together professionals, researches and experts by experience to share examples of good practice and the challenges of working in a strengths-based way.

This publication includes development of a practice framework for strengths-based social work with adults. The framework is supported by a practice handbook which outlines what is a strengths-based approach, its legislative context, the necessary skills and the enablers for it to be implemented.

The handbook also has a range of examples of strengths-based interventions, with reflection on why they are strengths-based and how the practice framework can be applied to them, in addition to providing useful resources and links for practitioners.

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