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Working with people with learning disabilities

17 June 2019

Working with people with learning disabilities

Professionals working in adult social care have an important role in working with people with learning disabilities and their families to enable them to lead good lives.

To support Learning Disability Week, Research in Practice for Adults has brought together multimedia resources to support practice with people with learning disabilities. This includes a new pre-recorded Webinar on supporting people with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships (open access until 30 June). This focuses on the ways in which practitioners can work with people with learning disabilities to enable them to fulfil their wishes to have relationships. The Webinar facilitator, Anna Marriott, also discusses the importance of good quality relationships with partners and friends for our health, wellbeing and happiness in an accompanying blog feature.

Additional Research in Practice for Adults resources also include the extensive Working with complexity: Evidence Review, focusing on areas such as working across the life course with people who have a learning disability. The recent Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing and related Podcast (open access) also provide an overview of the available evidence in relation to ‘what works’ in working with parents who have a learning disability.


Supporting people with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Pre-recorded Webinar (open access until 30 June)

Adults with learning disabilities often describe feeling lonely and aspire to have intimate relationships with others. This Webinar focuses on the ways in which practitioners can work with people with learning disabilities to enable them to fulfil their wishes to have relationships.

Supporting people with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships

Anna MarriottAnna Marriott

‘Good quality relationships with partners and friends are important for our health, wellbeing and happiness. They can help protect us physically and emotionally and can bring meaning to our lives. This applies to people with learning disabilities as much as anyone else.’

 


Related Research in Practice for Adults resources

Publications

Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing

Risks, rights, values and ethics: Frontline Briefing

Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing

Working with complexity: Evidence Review

What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide

Podcasts

Risks, rights and the role of the state: Parents with learning disabilities (open access)

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