• 13Mar

    A guide to using a ‘strengths-based approach’ to delivering care and support

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launched a guide, and accompanying video, to using strength-based approaches and putting people at the centre of understanding their own needs.

    The Care Act says that it is important to “look at the person’s life, considering their needs and agreed outcomes in the context of their skills, ambitions and priorities.” This is called taking a strengths-based (or asset-based) approach. From 1 April the Care Act becomes the law.

    The objective of the strengths-based approach is to protect the individual’s independence, resilience, ability to make choices and wellbeing. Supporting the person’s strengths can help address needs for support in a way that allows the person to lead, and be in control of, an ordinary and independent day-to-day life as much as possible.

    The term ‘strength’ refers to different elements that help or enable the individual to deal with challenges in life in general and in meeting their needs and achieving their desired outcomes in particular. These elements include:

    • their personal resources, abilities, skills, knowledge, potential, etc.
    • their social network and its resources, abilities, skills, etc.
    • community resources, also known as ‘social capital’ and/or ‘universal resources’.

    You can view the guide and video here.