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Assets-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing (2018)

Published: 27/03/2018

Author: Sutton J


Sutton J. (2018). Assets-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing (2018). Dartington: Research in Practice. Download citation file


Asset-based work with communities

A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another.
Wendell Berry The Art of the Commonplace (2003)

Asset-based work with communities is relevant to adult social care because:

  • it forms part of strength-based work with people who have care and support needs
  • it offers potential to reduce expensive social care provision (although the evidence is limited)
  • knowing and using a community's assets may prevent future needs from developing
  • looking at communities as complex entities may help tackle multi-faceted issues in that community
  • trust can be fostered, further strengthening communities.


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Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - The role of social workers | Person-centred practice | Effective assessment and outcome based support planning | Influencing and governing practice excellence within the organisation and community

CQC - Well led

PCF - Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Intervention and skills

RCOT - Communication | Health and safety