For professionals working with learning disabilities, there are many pieces of legislation, policy and practice to understand, and a wealth of guidance available to assist with this.
What Councils Need to Know about People with Learning Disabilities
The first SOLACE 'Local Government Knowledge Navigator' 'Need to Know' Review. The review summarizes available research-derived knowledge and evidence of good practice that has relevance to inform local government policy and practice in relation to supporting those citizens who experience learning disabilities. [03-Jan-2014]
Improving General Hospital Care of Patients Who Have a Learning Disability.
A Joint Inspection of the Treatment of Offenders with Learning Disabilities Within the Criminal Justice System: Phase 1 from Arrest to Sentence.
Investigation on the Care and Treatment of Mr S.
Local Area Coordination and Self-Directed Support.
Winterbourne View: Transforming Care One Year On.
This report summarises the changes to improve the quality of care for vulnerable people - specifically, for people with learning disabilities or autism who also have mental health conditions or behavioural problems.
The report covers:an exemplar case studysurveys and monitoring programmes designed to track patients and observe their careimprovements to the commissioning of health and care servicesthe regulation and inspection of serviceswork needed to make sure no one finds themselves in inappropriate care settings.
Green Light Toolkit 2013.
Monitoring the Use of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2012-13.
Since 2009, the Care Quality Commission has had a duty to monitor the use of the safeguards in all care homes and hospitals in England, and also to provide advice and information on using them.
The Commission checks on the use of the safeguards by visiting the places where they are used. Care services must inform the Commission about the outcome of their application to deprive someone of their liberty.
There are no direct enforcement powers associated with the role. If it is found that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not being used correctly, the Commission can take action under the Health and Social Care Act. A number of the Health and Social Care Act regulations contain references to elements of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – for example in the regulations dealing with consent, safeguarding, and general care and welfare.
Jobs First Evaluation
Jobs First was announced within the New Opportunities white paper (HM Government, 2009) and was a key commitment within the Valuing Employment Now strategy (HM Government, 2009).
This evaluation aimed to: compare employment outcomes for the cohort of Jobs First participants with a matched comparison group; identify factors and approaches that facilitate and hinder employment of people with learning disabilities; and explore the processes involved in implementing the focus on employment for people with learning disabilities, particularly the challenges in ‘braiding’ funding from different streams.