The Best Interests Assessor (BIA) Practice Handbook is firmly grounded in real-life practice and remains the only textbook focusing directly on the BIA role. Offering clear and practical advice on the legal elements of the role, and the values and practice elements of working within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework, this is essential reading for BIA students and practitioners.
This fully-updated edition takes account of recent legislative changes, including the planned changes from the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), recent case law and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BIA practice.
Packed with advice on delivering effective, person-centred, rights-driven practice, it includes:
• case studies;
• legal summaries;
• decision-making activities;
• CPD support;
• examples of new case law in practice.
Looking forward, the book considers the new context for practice in the Approved Mental Capacity Professional (AMCP) role within the LPS and the potential roles that BIAs might fulfil in this new framework in the future.
“If you are a BIA because you are passionate about human rights, challenging restrictive and oppressive practices, empowering care users and finding better ways to support them, then this is the book for you.” Lucy Series, University of Bristol
"Fantastic to see this updated edition, which has been revised to include the most recent case law and current understanding of the new role for BIAs. This book remains an essential read for BIA practitioners and educators." Tanya Moore, Course Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Social Work and Social Care, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Rachel Hubbard is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at UWE Bristol, social work CPD Programme Leader, module leader for their BIA qualifying module and a registered and experienced social worker and BIA.
Kevin Stone is Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Social Work at the University of Warwick. He is a registered social worker, practising Approved Mental Health Professional, qualified BIA and previously a university AMHP programme leader.
Part 1: Context for Practice
2. The BIA Role in Practice
3. The Multi-Professional BIA Role
4. Working with Others
Part 2: Assessment, Challenges and Dilemmas
5. Making Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Decisions
6. Evidence-informed Practice
7. Ethical dilemmas in BIA practice
8. BIA Recording
Part 3: Developing Good Practice
9. BIA Continuing Professional Development
10. BIA Futures