We use a strengths-based approach to social work at Leicester City Council. This approach explores your ability and circumstances.
The focus is on the positives rather than making your problems and issues the focus of an intervention. Working from a strengths-based position, is about working with you to identify together, the best next-step for you – using the strengths and resources you currently have or may have access to.
As you move into adult services, if you work with a social worker, they will want to know more about you and what you want to achieve. They will work to assess your strengths to understand how to help you achieve your goals.
How does it work?
An assessment of your social care needs will focus on your strengths and resources around them. Your allocated social worker will listen to you and take a more conversational approach.
Who is involved?
Your social worker will work with you in a strengths-based way and can explain more about how this will affect you.
When will this happen?
The strengths-based approach begins once you start working with adult services at the transition assessment and will continue while you remain in contact with adult social care.
The role of parents and carers
Parents and carers are an integral part of strengths-based practice as their support can be one of the key strengths for you.