Government policy can play an important role in the lives of people with learning disabilities, whether it is benefit eligibility or social care policy.
Learning Disability Statistics Scotland 2013.
National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014
These additional practice notes have been designed to be read in conjunction with local single and inter-agency child protection procedures and the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland which was refreshed in 2014.
Whilst disabled children are likely to suffer much the same abuse as other children, research suggests that disabled children are 3 to 4 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children. Research has also shown that children with communication impairments, behavioural disorders, learning disabilities and sensory impairments are particularly vulnerable.
This document will provide a summary to support the identification of abuse and harm and practice considerations to support the protection of disabled children.
Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2013
Local Government Ombudsman, 2014
This report covers the adult social care complaints that the Local Government Ombudsman has considered during the 2013 calendar year. What constitutes adult social care is often the subject of debate, especially as the boundaries with healthcare become less defined. This report focuses upon complaints about services provided for adults who need extra support. This includes:older people;people with learning disabilities;people with a physical disability;people with a sensory impairment;people with mental ill health; andcarers.
The report considers complaints about all types of registered social care providers regardless of whether care is delivered by a local authority, commissioned by a council or privately funded.