Many pieces of legislation directly concern people with learning disabilities and how they live their lives.
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LDT London 2014 Exclusive Content Liz Kendall
This year's Learning Disability Today London event took place on 27 November and saw a full day of seminars on the theme of Living Well. The keynote address was delivered by Shadow Care and Older People Minister Liz Kendall.
In it she called for reform of the social care system to give people with learning disabilities and their families greater power over the support and services they use.
Watch a ‘teaser’ video of her talk below, while full highlights of this talk and PowerPoint presentations from 12 of the day's leading talks are available if you are a member of our LDT Knowledge Hub.
Developing an Outcomes Model for Disabled Children in Scotland.
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Winterbourne View Hospital: A Serious Case Review
After the transmission of the BBC Panorama Undercover Care: the Abuse Exposed in May 2011, which showed unmanaged Winterbourne View Hospital staff mistreating and assaulting adults with learning disabilities and autism, South Gloucestershire's Adult Safeguarding Board commissioned this Serious Case Review. The Review is based on information provided by Castlebeck Care (Teeside) Ltd, the NHS South of England, NHS South Gloucestershire PCT (Commissioning), South Gloucestershire Council Adult Safeguarding, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Care Quality Commission; correspondence with agency managers; contact with some former patients and their relatives; and discussions with a Serious Case Review Panel ‐ which was made up of representatives from the NHS, South Gloucestershire Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Care Quality Commission.
As part of the Serious Case Review, the Care Quality Commission undertook an internal management review into their regulation of Winterbourne View.
Internal Management Review of the Regulation of Winterbourne View.
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Extending the Rights of Children with Capacity Under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as Amended) and Repealing Section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.
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.