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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Strengths-based approach

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NICE Guideline NG211 - Rehabilitation after traumatic injury

Strengths-based (or asset-based) approaches focus on the person's strengths (including personal strengths, and social and community networks) and not on their deficits. Strengths-based practice is holistic and multidisciplinary, and works with the individual person to promote their wellbeing.

NICE Guideline NG214 - Integrated health and social care for people experiencing homelessness

Sometimes called assets-based approaches. These involve the person who uses services and the practitioners who support them working together to achieve the person's intended outcomes, in a way that draws on the person's strengths. The quality of the relationship between those providing support and those being supported is particularly important, as are the skills and experience that the person using support brings to the process (see Social Care Institute for Excellence's Care Act guidance on strengths-based approaches). See also NICE's quick guide on evidence for strengths and asset-based outcomes.

Definition (in a digital/TEC context)
Tunstall in-house glossary

A social care term focusing on what a person is able to do, rather than what they cannot.

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