Useful publications


Who we are and what we do - Asist advocacy services

Commissioning advocacy under the Care Act: Emerging good practice - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) (December 2016)

Reach Speaking up Project - Asist advocacy services (April 2016)

Care Act 2014

Safeguarding in light of the Care Act - Research in practice for adults (Ripfa)


Domestic Abuse

Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship (Statutory Guidance Framework) - Home Office (December 2015)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, forms which may be of interest to care providers who may need to submit a DoLS assessment for those under their care.

Form 1 - Request for standard authorisation and urgent authorisation.

Form 2 - Request for a further standard authorisation

These forms when completed must be returned to the Local Authority;

For return to Staffordshire County Council please email:

For return to Stoke-on-Trent City Council please email:

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation Pocket Guide for health care professionals - NHS England

Financial matters

Stop Loan Sharks - Illegal Money Lending Team

Vulnerability Registration Service - A service which helps vulnerable consumers protect themselves against the financial, social and very personal hardship suffered as a result of debt and financial problems.

Keep yourself safe  – how to spot the signs of common scams - A series of short films showing some common scams and how to prevent them.

Fire: Causes and Prevention

SAME booklet - Olive Branch free referral awareness training about fire hazards and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service referral process


Clutter Image Rating - International OCD Foundation


Hoarding from the point of view of the hoarder video clip, produced by Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)

Making Safeguarding Personal health, adult social care and ageing Guide 2014 - Local Government Association (LGA)/ Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

Sandwell animated video on a family safeguarding approach especially in domestic abuse situations

'Mate' Crime

Camden People First video on 'mate' crime, a video acted by service users to instruct other service users about the dangers of 'mate' crime and what can be done about it.

Mental Capacity

'My next patient may lack capacity' pocketbook - Asist IMCA Hospital Service

Top tips for Mental Capacity Assessments - Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust


Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery: How the UK is leading the fight - Home Office (July 2014)

Help for adult victims of human trafficking - HM Government

People in a Position of Trust (PiPoT)

West Midlands Adult Position of Trust Framework - West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Editorial Group (January 2018)

West Midlands Adult Position of Trust Toolkit - West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Editorial Group (January 2017)


West Midlands Self-neglect Guidance - West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Editorial Group (April 2018)

Substance Misuse

Recovery Hub locations - One Recovery


Safeguarding People who are vulnerable to being drawn into Violent Extremism and / or Terrorism in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent - Prevent Channel Guidance (January 2017)