Confident social work practice with people living with dementia

In May, the Department of Health launched new resources to mark Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017).

The resources aim to support confident social work practice with dementia. Commissioned by the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo and developed by Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA).

They build on previous Department of Health resources, broadening the application of knowledge into practice with case studies, practical guidance and tools drawing from the lived experiences of people with dementia and those who care for them. The live launch which took place in May included a webinar. For those that missed it a recording of that webinar can be accessed here.

The new open access learning resources look at the issues that people living with dementia may experience, and how social workers can develop a greater understanding of these in order to deliver good practice to support people through the different stages of dementia, from diagnosis to preparing for the end of life. The resources focus on five practice principles:

·         Start with the person

·         Maintain a relationship

·         Involve support networks

·         Uphold people’s rights

·         Work with ongoing change

The resources are aimed at social workers and those who support them to work well, such as managers and educators. They will also be useful for allied professionals, agencies and organisations, and have been designed to be accessible for the general public, particularly those who are affected by dementia.

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Related Links

Dementia Awareness Week

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)