Welcome to our 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: June 2022

Discipline / Practice Area – Social care: This briefing Equal Access Getting it Right for People with Disabilities gives an overview of a focus report published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in May 2022. It offers key points for improving practice and ensuring equal access for all.

Discipline / Practice Areas:

Government

Health

Integrated Health and Social Care

Learning Disabilities

Mental Health

Public Protection

Safeguarding

Social Care

Society

Substance Misuse

Government

Social Care Reform

This briefing, People at the Heart of Care: Adult Social Care Reform is a summary of the white paper published in December 2021 by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Health

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.

Integrated Health and Social Care Agenda

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.

Learning Disabilities

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.

Mental Health

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.

Public Protection

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.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Adults Activity

This briefing, COVID-19 Adult Safeguarding Insight Project – Third Report is a summary of the report published by the LGA regarding safeguarding adults activity during the pandemic.

Safeguarding Adults Statistics

This briefing, Safeguarding Adults Data Returns in England 2020-21, is a summary of information published by NHS Digital in September 2021.

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.

Revisiting Safeguarding Practice

This briefing, Revisiting Safeguarding Practice, highlights the practice principles which should underpin all adult safeguarding work. It is aimed at practitioners within local authority adult social services and other practitioners who are involved in safeguarding adults. It provides an overview of best practice in safeguarding adults to ensure a consistent, person-centred approach wherever a person lives.

Social Care

Equal Access: Getting it Right for People with Disabilities

This briefing Equal Access Getting it Right for People with Disabilities gives an overview of a focus report published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in May 2022. It offers key points for improving practice and ensuring equal access for all.

Cap on Care Costs

This briefing, Adult Social Care Charging Reform The Cap on Care Costs, outlines the main changes to be implemented regarding people paying for social care and references the five sites piloting these changes.

Liberty Protection Safeguards

This briefing, Liberty Protection Safeguards, outlines what the LPS are and highlights the main changes from DoLS; these are subject to confirmation in the statutory guidance which will be published ahead of implementation. It is a summary of a DHSC factsheet.

Learning from Complaints

This briefing, Learning from Complaints, is a summary of a report published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in September 2021.

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.

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.

Society

Coronavirus

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.

Human Trafficking

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.

Substance Misuse

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.