Published on: 28 May 2021

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This webinar explores how local authorities are overcoming some of the barriers to a strengths-based approach, and building a whole place approach to strengths-based working.

A ‘strengths-based approach’ focuses on peoples’ goals and resources rather than their problems. Local authorities and social care professionals have been striving to practice in a strengths-based way for a number of years, and whilst many have made progress, there are challenges in embedding strengths-based approaches into practice; challenges which have often been exacerbated by the pandemic.

As local authorities contemplate how to develop plans for delivering care in very difficult funding circumstances, many are considering how they reinvigorate plans for the strengths-based practice. This includes thinking through not just how strengths-based practice becomes embedded in day-to-day working but also becomes a whole place approach, bringing on board other local partners and encouraging co-production with local people.

Key questions:

  • How do we develop a whole place-based approach to strengths-based practice, harnessing the contributions of partners in the NHS, housing and the voluntary sector?
  • How do we lead for strengths-based practice across local places and partnerships, and encourage strengths-based practice to flourish within teams?
  • How do we create strong and empowered teams, who share problems and learning and develop creative approaches to strengths-based practice?
  • How do we embed co-production with people and communities to design better care and support?

At the webinar, we also showcase SCIE’s new Department of Health and Social Care funded Strengths-based approaches critical review tool, which seeks to encourage a whole place approach.


  • Chair: Ewan King, Deputy Chief Executive, SCIE
  • Jo, who draws on care services
  • Phil Holmes, Director of Adults, Health and Wellbeing, Doncaster Council
  • Jerry Tew, University of Birmingham
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