Community, asset and strength based approaches

A female social care worker or volunteer with a female who needs care and support

Our practical guidance can help you to use community, asset and strength-based approaches in your service, to deliver the best outcomes for the people that you support.  

These approaches involve supporting and empowering people to develop and use their own assets and strengths, including those in their local community.

  • New to these ways of working? Download our ‘Guide to terminology’, which explains what we mean by some of the commonly used terms.

Our practical guidance, below, explains more about how you can implement these approaches in your service.

If you’re a commissioner, visit our 'Commisioning and planning the workforce' area, which explains more about these approaches in the context of commissioning.

Person-centred and community working: supporting and empowering people to develop and use their own assets and strengths

person centred    This short guide outlines some of the key principles of asset and strengths-based working and includes practical tips and resources to help you to work in this way. 

Download the guide 

Using conversations to assess and plan people’s care and support

conversation   Having conversations can help you to find out all sorts of things about people that could be lost if you followed a standard form. Taking this approach can help you to plan care and support, with individuals, that reflects their wishes and needs. This guide outlines the key principles of conversational assessment, to help you to use this approach. 

Download the guide. 


Community mapping graphic

We’ve developed this infographic to help you to think about what resources are available in the local community to improve the lives of people who need care and support.

This version has some examples already written in, or you can download a blank version to map resources in your local community.


What we’re working on now

Skills for Care and North West Employers are working together to facilitate a practical workshop to share stories about what’s working well and what isn’t. We’ll use this learning to develop new learning tools to support providers to better understand the power of communities and how to utilise people’s strengths for better outcomes and wellbeing. We’ll be testing and developing the resources in North West England over the coming months.

Keep up-to-date by signing up to our enews.


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