Reaching out to people with learning disabilities and their families from black and minority ethnic communities: guidance for practitioners from social care and health services in developing culturally competent practice

COLE Angela, BURKE Christine
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
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The Reaching out to families project set out to find new ways of addressing the inequalities that people with learning disabilities from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and their families experience in health and social care. The project paid particular attention to the role of third sector organisations and used action learning techniques to identify good practice. During the project it became clear that many families are left frustrated by their contact with statutory social care and health services. The identified themes revolved both around culturally competent practice and basic good practice around contact with families. This guidance was produced in order to support practitioners to respond effectively to people and families from BME communities. It comprises 3 parts: essential do’s; essential don’ts; and things to check out. In addition, 2 core elements of good practice with people with learning disabilities from BME communities which underpin all others are emphasised. Firstly, it should not be assumed that people from the same minority community share the same beliefs, aspirations, or social circumstances; person-centred approaches are central to an effective response. Secondly, it is important that practitioners go beyond a person-centred approach and consider the whole family.

Subject terms:
learning disabilities, person-centred care, social care, social care provision, black and minority ethnic people, families, health care, good practice;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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