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Take account of the strengths and aspirations of an individual in the assessment

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you take into account the strengths and aspirations of the individual during the assessment process.

A strengths-based approach to assessment goes further than just looking at an individual as someone with specific needs by identifying and taking into consideration the unique assets of and around them, This can include internal assets, such as knowledge, skills and personality traits as well as external assets, such as family/friends, community facilities and the local authority.

By looking at the person as a whole, we can provide services that deliver personal outcomes which are important to the individual and contribute to their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

As stated in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance:

6.30 Putting the person at the heart of the assessment process is crucial to understanding the person’s needs, outcomes and wellbeing, and delivering better care and support. The local authority must involve the person being assessed in the process as they are best placed to judge their own wellbeing.

Also provided in this document is a case study that considers an individual’s strengths:

Case study : Considering a person's strengths

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides several resources to help you to use a strength-based approach in your practice.

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