Strengths-Based Practice Toolkit

Homeless Link has been funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust to develop a Toolkit on Strengths-Based Practice (SBP). The Toolkit will support Commissioners and Service Providers wishing to take steps towards embedding SBP within their services or local areas.

Strengths-Based or Asset-Based Approaches seek to re-define service delivery based on the positive attributes of people using services, the service themselves and the local community. Rather than focusing on addressing the ‘problems’ of the individual, they look to identify strengths and goals that the person wishes to work towards. They also place the individual at the heart of the process, allowing them to direct and define their own support.

Well-known approaches such as Trauma-Informed Care, CoProduction and Housing First are strengths-based approaches or incorporate elements of it. 

Many services already successfully apply elements of Strengths-Based Practice (SBP) to their work. However, it can be challenging to work in a fully Strengths-Based way within a framework that seeks to resolve problems that have been defined by the service or local commissioner. For this reason, our Toolkit is aimed at supporting Commissioners and sector leaders to use their influence to embed SBP within their services and local areas.

Fully applying SBP is a significant sea change in how we work as a sector. In some cases, this may mean taking radical steps to transform the way services operate. We can’t provide a blueprint for how to do this – every service will be different – but we can provide a guide on how to start and give an overview of where the journey might take you.

This Toolkit is being produced in partnership with Expert Link and Colin Falconer from Inspire Chilli.

Get Involved

We have already held conversations with a wide range of our members and other interested parties. If you would like to talk to us about your work or have any other comments on the Toolkit,  please get in touch with

We are also looking for 2 member organisations, services or commissioners to work alongside us in developing SBP within their organisations. If you are interested, please read more in the Expression of Interest Document below or get in touch with us before Wednesday 18th November.

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