Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

2.7 Real wealth in Scotland

There is growing interest in asset-based approaches in Scotland. The next activity provides some examples of how a steady shift from a problem to a strengths orientation is beginning to change the way that practitioners and organisations are thinking about people and services. You will see that an asset-based approach does not pretend that there are no problems – or that problems can just be ignored – but solving them relies on people's strengths, capabilities and ability to manage adverse circumstances (sometimes known as their ‘ resilience ’).

Activity 2.6: Examples of asset-based approaches in Scotland

(Allow about 15 minutes)

Click on one or more of the links below to find out more about how an asset-based approach is changing practice in Scotland:

  • Getting it Right for Every Child [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] : GIRFEC is a whole system approach for working with children and young people in Scotland. It involves building on children's strengths and promoting the concept of resilience, drawing on children's existing networks and supports, to promote their well-being. You can also find out more about GIRFEC in the next section of this unit.
  • Health improvement : Health assets (or strengths) are the collective resources that individuals, families and communities have which help to protect people from poor health, and enable them to improve their health. Examples of health assets include people’s practical skills and knowledge, community networks and financial resources. Asset-based approaches use the capacities of agencies and communities to identify and build on existing strengths.
  • Positive mental health and well-being : An asset-mapping approach to discover community assets in Kirkintilloch, West Dunbartonshire with potential to improve the mental health and well-being of adults with severe and enduring mental health problems (IRISS, 2012).

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