New briefing on Strengths Based Social Care for children, young people and their families

A new briefing by the Social Care Institute for Excellence describes how Strengths Based Approaches (SBAs) work and assesses their effectiveness. The values and principles that inform this approach are not new, but they have attracted a rapidly growing interest over the last five years.

A strengths-based approach (SBA) to social care focuses on identifying the strengths, or assets, as well as the needs and difficulties of children, young people and families. These approaches are also about co-production – people providing care working in equal partnership with those who need it to design and deliver services.

A strengths-based approach to care, support and inclusion says let’s look first at what people can do with their skills and their resources and what can the people around them do in their relationships and their communities. People need to be seen as more than just their care needs – they need to be experts and in charge of their own lives. Alex Fox, OBE, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus

Find out more at SCIE briefing.