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18 June 2018

Learning Disability WeekResearch in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) has developed a number of resources to support people with learning disabilities and professionals who work with them. As part of Learning Disability Week, RiPfA has made its Brief Guides, What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? and What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005?, open access until Monday 25 June.

Other related RiPfA resources include our recent Working with complexity: Evidence Review. This extensive publication focuses on key areas of complexity, such as ‘Complexity in working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005’ and ‘Working across the life course with people who have a learning disability’.

Our recent Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing also provides an overview of the available evidence in relation to ‘what works’ in working with parents who have a learning disability. The authors of the briefing, Dr Danielle Turney and Beth Tarleton, feature in our latest open access Podcast - Risks, rights and the role of the state: Parents with learning disabilities. This discusses working with parents who have a learning disability, how understanding has changed over time and what effective practice might look like.

Find out more about Learning Disability Week.


Related RiPfA resources

Publications

Read the Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing.

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

Read the Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing.

Read the Working with complexity: Evidence Review.

Access the What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? Brief Guide (open access until Monday 25 June).

Access the What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (open access until Monday 25 June).

Podcasts

Listen to the latest Podcast - Risks, rights and the role of the state: Parents with learning disabilities (open access).


Blogs

Participatory research with learning disabilities

Oli PrestonOli Preston

‘Involving service users in the development and delivery of an evaluation can offer deep insight into a service and help shape the way evaluators research whether it has been successful or not.’

In this blog Oli Preston, Head of Evaluation at RiPfA, discusses a recent programme that included people with learning disabilities in the design of evaluation and the evidence collection.

Improving outcomes and saving money

Rob GreigRob Greig

In this blog Rob Greig considers the evidence surrounding the cost effectiveness of employment support for people with learning disabilities and those with mental health conditions. He asks why this evidence is not widely being used by local authorities in their commissioning practice.

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