Safeguarding is a crucial aspect of learning disability services, but there is a fine line between keeping someone safe and giving them freedom to live their life as they choose.
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.
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.
Closing the Winterbournes.
Winterbourne View Hospital: Department of Health Review and Response.
Identifying and Applying Early Indicators of Concern in Care Services for People with Learning Disabilities and Older People.
Independent Investigation into the Death of CS.
Diversion signs-liaison and diversion services
Liaison and diversion and forensic learning disability services can make a big difference to whether a person offends again – but services are patchy across the country and improvement is needed. Editor Dan Parton reports:
When Home Secretary Theresa May delivered a speech in July at an event hosted by the Care not Custody Coalition, she reaffirmed the government’s commitment to liaison and diversion services in the criminal justice system for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. This, allied to £25 million in funding for liaison and diversion that was announced in January, points to a brighter future for the services.
Liaison and diversion – which seeks to identify, provide support for and, where appropriate, divert people with mental ill health or learning disabilities away from criminal justice settings such as police stations and magistrates’ courts and into specialist treatment or social care services – has had political support for some years, going back to the previous Labour administration. Yet progress in developing a national service has been frustratingly slow.
Exclusive extract: Understanding own role in person-centred planning, thinking and reviews
LD202Support Person-centred Thinking and Planning by Richard Cresswell – Learning outcome 3: Understand own role in person-centred planning, thinking and reviewsThis handbook will be of interest assessment centres, managers and trainers in all health and social care organisations providing services to adults with learning disability and working to qualify staff on the QCF FrameworkThis Level 2 unit is a mandatory unit for the new learning disability certificate and can also be used towards the award or learning disability pathway of the diploma in health and social care or as part of the learning disability pathway. It has 5 credits and is a competence unit.This trainer pack contains:•full guidance to run a short session (approx 1½ hrs) for each learning outcome of the unit, and meet the recommended guided learning hours•exercise materials and handouts•CD-ROM with PowerPoint slides, printable materials, evidence log and certificates of completion•model answers to assessment questions in learner workbook•evaluation form.
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Overview Report on the Serious Case Review Relating to Child S.
The report of a serious case - Surrey Safeguarding Children Board, 2014
This serious case review was undertaken because of a critical incident in September 2011 when a two month old baby, Child S, and his one year old half sibling (Half Sibling 2) were found home alone and Child S was seen to have a bruise on his forehead. He was subsequently found to have serious injuries including fractures and brain injury. Both children and their half sibling age four (Half Sibling 1) were subject of child protection plans at this time. The mother, who lived alone with the children, was charged with Grievous Bodily Harm and Neglect, pleaded guilty to wilful cruelty and three counts under section 20 of grievous bodily harm and in September 2013 received a community sentence.
carried out following the serious injury of a 2-month old boy in September 2011. [30-May-2014]
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.