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What good looks like: Values-based recruitment in adult social care

Evidence shows that values-based recruitment (VBR) can improve the recruitment and retention of people who perform better and are more satisfied in their care roles. This guide showcases good practice, success factors and evidence of what works in council-led VBR campaigns in different local contexts, to support sector-led improvement. It provides practical insights and advice for organisations wishing to adopt VBR, and a framework to help capture the impact of VBR campaigns.

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Corporate parenting: Resource pack for councillors

Every councillor has a role to play in embedding corporate parenting principles and doing all they can to support children in care to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. This resource pack helps provide an overview of this role and how they can fulfil it as effectively as possible.

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Placements for children in care: Resource pack

This resource pack gives councillors an overview of the key legislative and policy issues regarding placements for children in care. The resource explores good practice, key issues and things to look at in local areas to try to improve the sufficiency and quality of placements, so that every child can live in the best possible home.

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Adult social care assurance: A guide to support the development of your adult social care self-assessment (Part one)

This document is designed to support councils as they prepare for assurance of Adult Social Care (ASC) through assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This document is designed to support councils as they prepare for assurance of adult social care (ASC) through assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This guide was updated in March 2024 to reflect learning from the CQC pilot inspections and the most recent assessment framework for local authority assurance.

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Adult social care assurance: A guide to support the development of your adult social care self-assessment (Part two)

This document has been prepared by Partners in Care and Health (PCH) to support councils as they prepare for assurance of adult social care through assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Giving children the best start in life: shining a spotlight on health visiting

Giving children the best start in life: Shining a spotlight on health visiting

These health visiting case studies illustrate the pivotal role health visitors play in ensuring children and families get the support they need in challenging times.

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International recruitment to adult social care: A guide for councils

International recruitment can help to boost workforce capacity, bring in additional skills and expertise, and provide a more diverse workforce. However, international recruitment to adult social care also creates the conditions that can enable exploitation of social care staff. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the international recruitment process as it relates to adult social care.

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Closed cultures in social care: Guidance and questions to ask

'Closed cultures' have been identified as a major risk to the wellbeing and human rights of people with care and support needs, who are unable to protect themselves from abuse or neglect, due to their care and support needs. The aim of this document is to provide guidance for the council workforce on identifying where a ‘closed culture’ may exist, or there may be a risk of one developing, in social care services for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

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Employer standards survey for registered social workers 2024: National summary

The Employer Standards survey, also known as the ‘health check’, gives a voice to registered social workers, occupational therapists, and non-registered social care professionals. It helps them feel listened to and know that their employers are proactive in tackling challenges. The key purpose of the survey is to better understand a number of critical questions about the experiences of the social care workforce in England.

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Promoting less restrictive practice: reducing restrictions tool for practitioners

This tool aims to help practitioners identify restrictions in a person’s care, in order to examine whether the care is the ‘least restrictive’ possible, as required by the Mental Capacity Act. It can also be used as part of care planning to ‘promote liberty and autonomy’ in care plans.

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