South West ADASS – Developing quality and effective strengths-based practice

The South West ADASS commissioned us to assist with developing a regional standard and implementation approach around strengths-based practice.

The South West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) commissioned us to assist with developing a regional standard and implementation approach around strengths-based practice.

Local authorities were working hard across the South West region to promote strengths-based working individually. The aim of this project was to create a consistent regional standard by sharing knowledge, experience and local conditions for success. The project concentrated on the interactions between social care practitioners and adults/carers and how these can promote wellbeing in a strengths-based way.

We used an appreciative inquiry methodology, which is a strengths-based method that enables people to learn and develop good work. It does not ignore what needs improvement, but builds upon what already works. This included completing a survey and workshops with practitioners to identify what was working well and the factors contributing to success. This provided the foundation for developing the regional standard.

The result has been developing a regional strengths-based approach, grounded in local practice using a strengths-based methodology. The regional standard provides a consistent understanding of what quality and effective strengths-based practice looks like, alongside clear and practical tools for implementing locally.