Implementation of Strengths Based Practice
Lead: Professor Robin Miller
Dates: 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2023
Local authorities in the West Midlands have been working in collaboration with other partners to move from an assessment and care management model to a Care Act 2014 complaint approach that embed strengths-based practice within adult social care practice. Each local authority has taken its own approach as to how it interprets strength-based practice and the strategies that are being used to support implementation. There are though some common models that are being used by a number of local authorities, including ‘three conversations’, ‘family group conferencing’, and ‘local area co-ordination’. Through the Principal Social Worker network and West Midlands ADASS there has been sharing of experiences and learning. Reviewing strengths-based practice has also been a key component within the Peer Challenge programme.
There is a need within the region to learn from the different models and approaches taken by local authorities to embed strengths-based practice. This will enable local authorities to better understand how they can approach such transformation and increase the likelihood of sustainable implementation within their local context.
This will be a mixed methods study involving a scoping evidence review, qualitative interviews of the multi-professional implementation leads within each local authority area, surveys of staff within local authorities, independent providers and the voluntary sector, and case studies of implementation examplars.