Welcome to the Policy Partners Project Research and Report Briefings page, which contains short summaries of recently published research findings and other reports useful for practitioners working with adults. These briefings help you easily access key information about current topics relevant to practice or areas of interest, with a link to the full published report.
They are listed under headings of the main relevant discipline or practice area. The most recent briefings to be added are highlighted in the blue box below.
Our briefings cover a range of topics. Whilst they will not all be directly relevant to every member of staff, we hope that by providing this information in a concise manner, they will be useful to a wide audience.
Recently added: September 2021
Discipline / Practice Area – Social Care: This briefing, Domestic Abuse Act 2021: Key Points for Social Care Practitioners, is a summary of the main points of the Act.
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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Proposed Amendments
This briefing, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Proposed Amendments, is a summary a House of Commons Library briefing paper, published in July 2018. It outlines current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the changes proposed in the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill currently progressing through Parliament.
This briefing, Seven Principles of Social Care: Jeremy Hunt Speech outlines the Government’s key principles ahead of the publication of the Green Paper on Social Care, which is to be published in 2019.
This briefing, Alcoholic liver deaths during the year of the pandemic, is a summary of a report published by Public Health England in July 2021.
Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales: 2015
This briefing, Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales: 2015, is a summary of information published by the Office of National Statistics in May 2017.
Integration and Innovation: Government Proposals
This briefing, Integration and Innovation: Working Together to Improve Health and Social Care for all – Government Proposals is taken from the White Bill published by the Department for Health and Social Care in February 2021.
Beyond Barriers: How older people move between health and care in England
This briefing, Beyond Barriers: How Older People move between Health and Care in England, is a summary of the full report published by the Care Quality Commission in July 2018.
Winterbourne View: Time is Running Out
This briefing, Winterbourne View Time is Running Out, is the executive summary of the full report from the six month independent review of the Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group, chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb and published by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), July 2015.
Reforming the Mental Health Act
This briefing, Reforming the Mental Health Act, is a summary of information published by the Department of Health and Social Care, about reformation of the Act and the consultation process currently taking place.
Suicide in the UK
This briefing, Prevalence of Suicide in the UK, takes key points from Suicide in the UK: Statistics and Prevention Strategies (House of Lords Library Briefing) published in October 2019.
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: Interim Report
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Interim report – May 2018. This briefing is taken from the executive summary of the interim report, published in May 2018.
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements 2018/19
This briefing, Managing Sexual and Violent Offenders, is a summary of some of the main points in the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Annual Report 2018/19, published by the Ministry of Justice in October 2019.
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements 2017/18
This briefing, Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2017/18, is a summary of the key findings, published by the Ministry of Justice in October 2018.
Safeguarding Adults Data 2018-19
This briefing, Safeguarding Adults Data 2018-19, outlines the key findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection and provides links to local and regional data. It was published by NHS Digital in December 2019.
Domestic Abuse Act 2021
This briefing, Domestic Abuse Act 2021: Key Points for Social Care Practitioners, is a summary of the main points of the Act.
COVID-19 Deaths: Ethnicity Data
This briefing, Ethnicity Data for Deaths from COVID-19, is a summary of data released by the Office of National Statistics in May 2021.
DNACPR decisions during the pandemic
This briefing – Decisions about Living and Dying during COVID-19 – is a summary of the recommendations by the Care Quality Commission, published in April 2021.
Breaches of Human Rights
This briefing, Two Cases involving Breach of Human Rights, is a summary of two recent cases involving breaches of human rights by public bodies,
Out of Sight – Who Cares?
This briefing is a summary of Out of Sight – Who Cares? A Review of Restraint, Seclusion and Segregation for Autistic People, and People with a Learning Disability and / or Mental Health Condition, published by the Care Quality Commission in October 2020.
Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This briefing, Experiences of Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence in the Covid-19 Pandemic, published by the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester in August 2020, examines child and adolescent to parent violence during the first months of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.
Ordinary Residence and Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983
This briefing, DHSC’s position on the determination of ordinary residence disputes pending the outcome of the Worcestershire case, is the note from the DHSC which outlines the position regarding ordinary residence and section 117(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Care Quality Commission: Closed Cultures Project
This briefing, Care Quality Commission: Closed Cultures Project, is a summary of information about current work being undertaken to identify closed cultures and how to tackle them, published in June 2020. This is particularly important in light of the events at Winterbourne View and Whorlton Hall.
Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2018-19
This briefing, Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2018-2019, is a summary of a report published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in September 2019.
Strengths-Based Approach Practice Framework and Practice Handbook
Strengths-Based Approach Practice Framework and Practice Handbook. This briefing highlights the key issues covered in this report, which was published by the Department of Health and Social Care in February 2019.
How Technology can support High Quality Care
This briefing is about the Care Quality Commission’s new web pages: How Technology can support High Quality Care, published in December 2018.
This briefing, Coronavirus: A Year Like No Other, is taken from the Office for National Statistics report of the same name and reports headline data about how COVID-19 has affected our lives in this year.
This briefing, Human Trafficking, is a summary of a House of Lords library briefing paper published for the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July 2019. It summarises some of the main issues and links to the full report.
This briefing, Carers, is the summary of published by the House of Commons Library published in June 2019. It summarises some of the main issues for carers and links to the full report.
Gypsies and Travellers
This briefing, Gypsies and Travellers, is a summary of a House of Commons Library briefing paper, published in May 2019. It focuses on issues related to Gypsies and Travellers in England.
Deaths of Homeless People 2013-17
This briefing, Deaths of Homeless People 2013 to 2017, is taken from a report published by the Office of National Statistics in December 2018.
Destitution in the UK 2018
This briefing, Destitution in the UK 2018, is taken from the report summary, published by the Joseph Rowntree Trust in June 2018.
Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities
This briefing, Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities, briefing highlights the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and accompanying statutory guidance (published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in February 2018) which come into force on 3 April 2018.
Alcohol and other Drug Use: The Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers
This briefing, Alcohol and other Drug Use: Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers, summarises new guidance issued for social workers who work with people who use drugs or alcohol problematically. It has been written by Professor Sarah Galvani of Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with the British Association of Social Workers, the College of Social Work and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and has been funded by Public Health England.